Five years in the making Wasteland Hop’s latest album Erosion Osmosis is a six-song saga of a band that is enduring despite life’s curveballs, and embracing the ebb and flow existence as humans and as a group.
Rapper Mickey Kenny explained that Wasteland Hop began working on this album a year before their 2015 release Symbiotic Clock even saw the light of day. “We’ve been working on this album since 2014, when we made the decision as a band to spend six months on the road — first touring Alaska then moving down to Ecuador for over three months. The songs created during this experience morphed over the years into a more cohesive tone; one that examines the edge of erosion, whether it be of skin or sand, sleep or wake, we found our focus and attention being held at the hem.”
Kenny went on to explain that meant also looking deeply at the group’s, at times, questionable perpetuity, and facing that fear head-on. “Erosion Osmosis is a destructive and generative space,” he said. “Not only does it capture our impressions of landscapes that ranged from grinding-gravelly deposits of glaciers in Alaska to the sand clad shores of Ecuador, but it also captures the spaces between us as musicians. Over the last five years as we recorded and developed these songs we found ourselves possibly eroding as a band with our emcee moving back to Alaska and our violinist moving down to New Mexico. We feared erosion, decomposition, in a very real sense, but found ourselves redefining it as a more regenerative space, viewing the erosive shores as a sort of coastal membrane, a space of osmosis where creation and destruction ebb and flow into inspired ambiguity. We don’t always feel clarity, but we find comfort in the metaphorical earth, and feel like this album can, if nothing else, bring listeners into that coastal, psychological space, where erosion and osmosis fuse into the same force.”
That positive outlook, by Kenney and his bandmates — vocalist Stephanie Johnson, guitarist Nick Scheidies, bassist Brian Weikel, drummer Adam Fallik, violinist/violist Liz Gaylor and guitarist Chad Alley — gives the album a cautiously optimistic vibe, and a full-throttled heartfelt charge to reanimate and resuscitate. And it’s a palpable enthusiasm that comes through on Erosion Osmosis. From the carefully spat rap “I’m suspicious of her distance, this viscous innocence,” on the track “Trick of the Eye, Salt of the Flesh,” to Johnson’s soaring chorus on “Respect The Dead,” Wasteland Hop paints a picture that is as much metamorphosis as it is osmosis.