Wooden Rings is so much more than the typical chamber pop ensemble, and their unique approach to arranging has quickly attracted the local media. 'Finding Me' left us breathlessly searching for answers. That and other introspective tracks from 2012's self-titled debut inspired interviews on WXRT's Local Anesthetic, WTTW's Chicago Tonight and WBEZ's Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia.
Part of the allure is the lyrics -- "Well worned, engraved, familiar but strange, the rings we wore everyday..." it's that ability they have to take the everyday object and turn it into something tangible and communicative, that is memorable. It's the translucent beauty of acoustic strings that introduce so many of their soulful ballads as well as the collection of instruments that blend and deepen the theme: xylophone to reed, nylon string to electric bass. We're whipped through a myriad of emotions when vocalist /songwriter Ramah D. Jihan Malebranche sings the chilling refrain in 'When I Knew.'
With four tracks on their current EP, which was recorded at Electrical Audio here in Chicago and will be released this month at Old Town School of Folk Music, Wooden Rings is eager to share more of their bounty.
WHO: Wooden Rings
WHAT: EP Release
WHERE: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.
WHEN: Thursday October 24, 8 PM, $15