This review was originally published in June of 2018.

It's a guitar-driven sound and those straight 8th-note strums blend with a mesmerizing voice to create a washy and stylistic world of melancholy. It's a place where we are stuck inside the gears of life:

“No easy way in
no easy way out
you’ve been here before
you failed to reroute”— Gretchen's Wheel

What Gretchen's Wheel offers us with The Maze, which was just released today, is a warm mid-tempo romp with shades of mono synth and a sparse, well-poised melodic narrative. The elements of electric guitar and the type of lyricism present in this track gather together a very modern feel, a sort of Tron-world sound, by at turns using minimalism and track-stacking to build energy and some beautiful harmony.

Gretchen's Wheel is an indie-pop solo project by Lindsay Murray from Nashville, TN. This song is currently featured on our CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.