Wes John Cichosz-“Everybody Says”

January is generally a catch-up month, so I haven’t posted on much new music. Instead I’m going back through 2017 stuff I missed and trying to make up for it. Last week I reviewed Lilly Winwood’s EP. After that, I spent some time with her dad’s band Traffic. I was surprised to notice a lot of similarities when I turned on Wes John Cichosz’s song “Everybody Says.”

The tune comes from his full-length The Moon Threads A Needle, which debuted on Spotify a year ago today. The rhythms and vocals in the song remind me a LOT of Steve Winwood and Dave Mason, and there’s a jazzy sax (or maybe clarinet) break that rolls the song into a bluesy vibe that’s unmistakably 60’s British rock.

I dig the song because it’s always changing. You never know where it’s going to go next, and by the end it’s in this funky shuffle that’s a lot of fun.

Cichosz is playing a show this Thursday in Chicago at Emporium Arcade in Wicker Park. You can RSVP for the free show here.

If you’d like to check out the rest of his album, The Moon Threads A Needle, hit it up on Bandcamp or Spotify.