With the changing of times and the development of additional responsibilities, musicians will sometimes respond to change the only way they know how: through music. Nik Piscitello is a prime example of this, releasing his sophomore EP The Albatross We Keep under the name Wayfarer. The EP has a very mellow feel to it that includes both cohesiveness and a story within each track.
Before switching to the acoustic folk scene, Piscitello was involved in several hardcore and post-hardcore bands including Spark of Life and Last of the Believers, the latter of which included former Rise Against member Chris Chasse. With responsibilities and bills to pay, Piscitello put his emotion and concerns within the five tracks of The Albatross We Keep.
Within the third track “On and On”, Piscitello’s vocal style reminds me of lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Caleb Followill from Kings of Leon, which gives the track a very interesting sound. It is essentially split into two parts, the first part being very mellow containing simple strumming patterns before it crescendos into a little bit more emotion, which is a sample for what comes at the end of the EP.
The Albatross We Keep ends on a very strong note with the song “Best and Worst”, which in my eyes is the most memorable track. The pure emotion of Piscitello’s concerns can be felt in the lyrics “hello my broken heart, where have you been?”
The albatross reference for the album’s title was actually taken from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. The reference is meant to convey the message that we all carry burdens but that we must learn to let go, forgive and move past them. I believe that the lyrics and the messages within the EP back this message up quite nicely.