Byron Wiemann III

Welcome to Hazard Farm

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This is guitarist Byron Wiemann's first solo album after leaving Snopek and relocating to Germany. While playing with Sigmund Snopek, Wiemann's style could generally be described as offbeat progressive. As a solo artist, he incorporates a more mainstream and less quirky form of playing, complementing the jangly and acoustic foundation of his songs. His thoughtful lyrics suggest a departure from the dense and stream-of-conscious writings while with Sigmund Snopek. Welcome to Hazard Farm is a predominantly tranquil album, although "Hazard Farm" is quite Adrian Belew-esque in its peculiarity. "M.S." is a restrained psychedelic number reminiscent of late-'60s Pretty Things or Ummagumma and Meddle-era Pink Floyd. Wiemann handles all of the lead vocals (and a natural lead singer he is not), and while his range offers little variety, it suits the subdued nature of his music adequately.