So we know that the five members of Burlington Ontario’s Walk Off The Earth are all amazingly talented, multi-instrumental musicians who earned their initial breakthrough in 2012 with their unique performance of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, Gianni Luminati, Mike Taylor and Joel Cassady all plucking away on the same guitar at once on a video that went viral and chalked up 127 million hits in less than four months. We also know it has been a staple of their act to cover the likes of Adele, Lorde, Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 . Yet there comes a time when Walk off the Earth has to prove they are more than a novelty act. They took those initial steps in 2013 with their debut studio release REVO and now with studio album No.2, `Sing It All Away’ WOTE has set out a palette of what they are really all about musically. Call this the ideal summer record, 12 tracks chock full of reggae/ska inspired songs featuring irresistible dance arrangements, tight vocals between Blackwood, Marshall and Luminati, amazing instrumental contributions from all members plus some epic, anthemic, lyrical arrangements. WOTE are all about fun and tracks like their lead off “Rule The World”, the SOCA inspired “I’ll Be Waiting” and the sea-shanty flavouring of the record’s title track which builds into an infectious, sing-along-melody is a reflection of just how entertaining this band really is. A prime example of WOTE’s versatility is how they record a straight-ahead version of “Home We’ll Go” with its simple, uplifting arrangement, and then as a final cut, re-arrange the track to include a propulsive EDM mix from Steve Aoki. Co-produced by Thomas Salter and the multi-gifted Gianni Luminati, Sing It All Away will have every listener doing just that – a totally fun record that truly captures what a gifted band WOTE really is.
Download: “Rule The World”, “Climb out Your Window”, “Home We’ll Go”.
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