It’s always a beautiful thing when an artist starts to realise his or her own potential, watching them slowly make the transition from a spark of an idea to fully formed musical wonder.
Manchester’s Evan Wilson has been making tiny steps these last few months with PLAYACTING; his ideas about song form and creation have always been built around a sense of playfulness, but with new track Dance Steps he’s made one giant leap, retaining the pure joy and innocence of his previous work but managing to turn it into something more substantial…. something more real.
Manchester’s Evan Wilson aka PLAYACTING has produced one of the finest collections of music I’ve heard in a long time with debut EP Pratfalls. An intricate, layered affair blending acoustic and electronic elements: a celebration of his failures, fears and survival.
If you detach yourself from the emotional context, you’ll discover a colourful world built around atypical rhythms with an array of sounds. You get the impression that whilst the artist and subject matter might be introvert, the music itself is extrovert – playful and uninhibited. This is what you get when you give an overactive imagination the space to expand.
It is important to note though, the emotional context is what truly makes this music work. Wilson wears his heart on his sleeve and its impossible not to respond to that. Pratfalls is unpredictably beautiful.
After years of experimenting with other bands, it finally feels Evan Wilson has struck gold with latest project Playacting. Like fellow Mancunians Dutch Uncles, Wilson has always been keen to explore atypical time signatures and angular melodies but this is a big leap forward from his previous work in New Hips/Deaf To Van Gogh’s Ear.
Plum Pudding Make Interesting shows real progression in terms of songcraft and overall vision. Get past the awkward song title and you’ll find a joyous creation that playfully dances beneath Wilson’s melancholy vocals. It has an understated ambition, that seems to connect the dots between clever ideas and real emotion.