Light Wheel

Light Wheel: “Sudden Changes”

Last March we tipped you off about Austin’s Light Wheel, right around the release of their sophomore LP See Through. The Shining-level chemistry between producer Evan Dunivan and vocalist Tyagaraja Welch is still going strong, and still, according to them, best enjoyed live. Rounded out with a two-man rhythm section, Light Wheel continues to put a pretty bright spin on the indie rock genre, covering a wide spectrum from R&B and pop all the way to psych and prog.

Today Light Wheel rolled out their first single of the year, which despite the exigence of its title, is a charming four-minute slow burn. Like a rocky canoe through uncertain waters, “Sudden Changes” softly paddles with acoustic oars and sparse percussion strokes, all steered by by Tyagraja’s serene siren singing. So as us weekday workers transition back into Monday, soak up “Sudden Changes”‘s sonics and save ’em for when you need to ease into the next big shift in your life.

Light Wheel: “Found”

The bond between singer Tyagaraja Welch and producer Evan Dunivan has only seemed to get stronger and stronger, having started off as strictly friends before becoming songwriting partners almost a decade back. With the addition of bassist Michael Sanders and drummer Ethan Yeager in more recent years, that Welch-Dunivan core has expanded into the boundary-challenging rock quartet, Light Wheel. Light Wheel’s first foray came in 2019 with the release of their debut full-length See Through, though the group’s maintained transparency that they’re best enjoyed live. While we wait for the next batch of Light Wheel gigs to safely roll out, the quartet’s been quietly refining their indie rock sound. They’ll be further exploring the spectrum of psychedelia and prog on their sophomore album that recalls the same lush warmth of See Through. Today the first single from that sophomore record, “Found”, has finally seen its way to the surface; its haunting vocals, eerie acoustics, and intricate rhythms will hypnotize you with their heart and dynamics even after several re-listens.