Human longings are infinite. We long to create. We long to understand. We long to be understood. We long to feel connected. We long for a home. We long to love. We long to be loved. And we desperately long for purpose.
Our first introduction was over a cup of coffee at Flightpath in Austin, Texas in 2016. Musician Brandon Kinder’s casual demeanor matched his vocals. Simple and uncomplicated, at least upon first glance. We’d met to talk about his newly released (and first) album, Long Play, under the moniker, The Wealthy West. The album was good, and it hit me in stride. That album was a companion on my first sunrise over the Grand Canyon and echoed throughout an empty house as movers boxed up my Austin life and shipped it across the Atlantic to Germany.
Brandon Kinder’s ready to release his second album, The Right Regrets. Again I’m finding comfort in a voice who embraces self-doubt and humility with abandon. It’s rare, refreshing. Not unlike Long Play, this album resonates as I clumsily attempt to find my way and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into. Listening to The Right Regrets won’t solve longings or regrets and it won’t answer “what ifs”, but this album will toss a rope and offer validation – I’m not alone.
With its opening, “Wasting Time”, Kinder shares his angst over leaving one place just to come to a stand-still in another. The song reaffirms what I’ve learned, those who seek geographical resolutions are often met with disappointment.
One particular song, “Somewhere Between” has Kinder reflecting on childhood, “When things were more beautiful than they were real.” In one line the heart breaks, and is liberated. Kinder’s songs can’t be easily labeled, and shouldn’t. Yearning, truth and humility trail his voice like a lost child (or adult) who aches to be found.
The Right Regrets won’t provide the casual listener with visions of white clouds drifting amist pale blue skies with splashes of pink and crimson. Rather it embodies a murky night filled with questions and uncontrollable variables. But optimism can be found. Intermittently a determined faith rises and blindly dances between lyrics and melodies leaving no doubt, stars are believed to be on the horizon.
And just as you’ve inhaled the album’s bewitching conclusion, “Smoke”, you languidly exhale the opaque plumes skyward, allowing your eyes clarity to see truth; a life’s regrets and longings offer motivation, redemption and the possibility of salvation. Some regrets may lead to the right path. The Right Regrets, even….
You can pre-order copies HERE.
“While Long Play was essentially a record about traveling and searching, The Wealthy West’s new album The Right Regrets is the record for when you arrive and realize there are no easy answers.” – The Wealthy West