Rebirth by GraywaveRelease date: June 24, 2022
Label: Church Road Records
There’s something crawling up my spine and has given me a huge amount of goosebumps like no other. I’m talking about Graywave. It’s hard for me to describe their sound, but it’s like a hypnotic whirlpool of terror with an amount of post-rock & punk vibrations that’ll put you through this terrorizing nightmare waiting to happen.
The woman behind Graywave is none other than Jess Webberley. Taking inspirations from; Men I Trust, Slowdive, Crumb, and Japanese Breakfast, Jess launched Graywave three years ago by unleashing singles and one EP last year entitled Planetary Shift. This year Jess has come back to Earth once more by taking listeners on her latest EP Rebirth.
It sees Jess diving into a spiritual pool to embark on a journey by rediscovering herself on who she is and where the next logical step will take her to. When you put this EP on, you get a feeling of isolation, fear, terror, and unsettling dreams that have been brought to life.
And Jess wants to go as far as the eye can see. From the Steven Wilson-sque sounds of ‘Build’, ‘Exoplanet’, ‘Red’ and the title-track, Graywave goes into this deep, dark alleyway filled with an amount of dangerous people you don’t want to meet for a very long, long time.
She pours her heart out when she sings by bringing in the pain and suffering with some brutal tidal-waving effects from guitars, pounding bass, and drum lines. Jess pulls with all of her might to go for that envelop to be pushed even further.
The closing track simply called ‘Closer’, becomes a requiem waltz. Here, Jess brings everything to a standstill. Not only she sings, but I can imagine she dances to the melody inside a massive ballroom whilst bringing it home for a climatic ride to the unknown worlds that are waiting for her.
Rebirth isn’t just a marvelous EP, but a dark and beautiful structure of a blossoming unveiling that Jess brings to her exhibition. It’s like one of her paintings has come to life and has become this imaginative movie that she’s unveiled to the public. And while it may not be everyone’s cup of coffee per se, Jess brings it all right there.