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A fever dream in sonic form, St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ new album, The Alien Coast, represents the most adventurous and original output yet from an ever-evolving musical powerhouse. In a profound shift for the Alabama-bred eight-piece—Paul Janeway (vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone)—the band’s fourth full-length and first for ATO Records strays far from the time-bending soul of past work like their 2014 debut, arriving at a convergence of soul and psychedelia, stoner metal and funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and unhinged, that sound makes for a majestic backdrop to St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.

Wyatt Waddell is known for his complex yet unforgettable melodies and exuberant presence. His powerful and versatile vocal range moves seamlessly between the raspy timbre of James Brown, and the melodic whimsy of Paul McCartney. Though his musicality recalls the old greats, Wyatt’s inventive and playful approach is fully his own. The multi-instrumentalist known for his instinctive songwriting has been bubbling at the edges of the Chicago underground, and is now set to bring his infectious mix of indie, R&B, pop and funk into the music world. Rolling Stone says, Wyatt Waddell’s “upbeat soul-funk… lift[s] the spirits of those out in the streets.”