Written by Trevor Docter
Influenced by late 90’s and early 2000’s R&B, producer Will Sacks is known by stage name Wool Socks. Self-identifying as electro-soul, Sacks finds much of his inspiration for new record Wax Seals in D’Angelo’s Voodoo. In conversation, he outlined to me just how deep his admiration for D’Angelo runs: “I began to take a look at how Voodoo operated at a textural level. At its base, the rhythm section drags throughout the record, setting a sort of throbbing pulse. It breathes, almost as if the songs themselves were actually alive.” Sacks continued, “I'm first and foremost a student of music, and that will always define the music that I hope to create.”
The EP starts with “Basic Love Song,” which is anything but. The initial synth in conjunction with the light kick creates a mood of fluidity and light-heartedness that skillfully avoids being overbearing. After the introduction of the vocals comes the initial bass line and cerebral synth that lend the song a feeling of fluidity before closing to a faded-out monologue and rain. “What’s New” follows, flowing out of the speakers thicker than molasses. The initial bass comes through to clearly establish the smooth R&B that is to come. The soft timbre of the vocals along with the smooth but strongly stated bass make the track seem like a love child of D’Angelo and J Dilla themselves. The EP closes with “Return to Sender” which begins with a strong drum sequence to set the more serious tone of the song. The synthesizer drills in as thick as the beat itself. From the sound of the drum along with the cymbal, the song almost sounds like it’s breathing, which, as stated by Sacks himself, is a central component of Wool Socks’s music; the producer said at one point that he wants his record “to feel human.”
Wool Socks’ music can be found at his Bandcamp for listening and download.