“Perfection…a huge leap that dips into the rich tradition of witty, sonically complex pop” –NPR
“Baxter mixes the timely and timeless on knockout effort.” – UNCUT
“Big, psych-jangle production and cynically humorous lyrics” – American Songwriter
“Gleaming, poetic heartbreak…warrants comparisons to some of the greatest songwriters of all time” – The Line of Best Fit
“A catchy collection of pop hooks that mix Beatles melodies with a bottom-end groove torn from the Stax Records playbook…Baxter’s sharpest batch of social commentary” – Rolling Stone
NPR Music called Wide Awake “perfection…a huge leap [that] dips into the rich tradition of witty, sonically complex pop”, and hailed by the likes of New York Times, Paste and American Songwriter, amongst others. Currently Rayland has over one million monthly listeners on Spotify and featured on numerous Spotify and Apple Music playlists.
Wide Awake is produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Pink, Pete Yorn) and features Walker himself on bass, Cage the Elephant’s Nick Bockrath on guitar, Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick on drums, and piano wizard Aaron Embry (Elliott Smith, Brian Eno) on keys. Rayland’s father Bucky Baxter contributes pedal steel, as does original Nashville cat Lloyd Green.
Listen to ‘Wide Awake’ on all platforms here: http://wideawake.raylandbaxter.com/