Since their formation in 2012, Poughkeepsie's The Warp the Weft have quickly stood themselves out amongst their counterparts on the local level. Their eponymous debut proved to achieve a wild middle ground between the progressive rock musings of Kingston's Coheed and Cambria (albeit at their headiest) and the baroque indie folk of Woodstock's Ida. And on this 10-track follow-up, Shane Murphy and his mates continue to grow and expand the scope of their sound, as Wind of Hours Unwinding finds them mining the deepest chasms of Island Records' English folk period on such beautiful acoustic numbers as "Clytie" and "Life Is New Again."
However, for all the chamber-like airiness on display across this record, TWTW interject their roots in heavy music in wild and unique ways. The old-school Billy Gould bass hits on "Feckless Fancy" will definitely conjure memories for those who caught Faith No More at the Chance a quarter century ago. The first five minutes of the epic closing number, "Weathervane Horse," form a psychedelic swirl that sounds like David Gilmour playing slide guitar for the Bad Seeds, before tapering off into a gorgeous mediaeval meditation that puts Murphy alongside Shearwater's Jonathan Meiberg as one of the most captivating high-register voices in rock today. And if they keep this momentum up, it won't be long before The Warp the Weft joins Shearwater on the national stage. Thewarptheweft.com.