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Hunter and the Wick'd

Review by Anthony Nyugen & Staff

The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Hunter and the Wick'd's Song "I Don't Wanna Talk Right Now " was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Love Song. I don’t want to talk right now” has a relaxing, living room feel to it. With definite influences from both the indie and Americana scenes, this song has a dreamy and contemplative nature. It holds you in one place in time, and explores the peaceful beauty of that space.

The song begins boldly with spacious bass, and acoustic guitar parts accompanying an electric guitar melody. The vocals shine, and are supported by twangy electric guitar fills. The drums kick in after the first chorus and, combined with the sparse patterns of the other instruments, create a hypnotic rhythm which continues throughout the track.

Lyrically, “I don’t want to talk right now” makes me want to settle down and listen to the silence of the moment. Often conflicted, not simplistic, these lyrics offer up a beautiful sentiment. “Heated words don’t mean a thing, There’ll be light in the morning, Storm clouds move away, and everything will be clear.” These lyrics speak to deep love that exists even in difficult times. “I don’t want to talk right now, I just want to lay up in your arms.”

Taken as a whole, “I don’t want to talk right now” is an intimate song. The emotional tone of the music adds an interesting dimension to the lyrics. Peaceful, determined, and bittersweet all at once, this song is complex. Tasteful vocal harmonies, subtle energetic swells, and a soulful electric guitar combine with the philosophy of the song’s lyrics to create a swaying, introspective sound which is as pleasing as it is touching.


About Hunter and the Wick'd Hunter and the Wick’d is a Southern California based Americana duo. Its members consist of Virginia native, Miri Hunter and California native, Thom Merrick. After playing together for several years, they released their first recording together. The recording explores country/desert melodies and brings them into a contemporary folk style. There’s a wealth of beautiful music and songs explored on their debut album. Over the journey, the band has had some local hits, many of which are included in this CD collection. If music lovers have been waiting or a recording of “Tumbleweed Connection” or “Dance All Night in California,” and “I Don’t Wanna Talk Right Now,” here’s your chance. “This music is all about giving yourself up to the wisdom and creativity that the desert imparts to you…at whatever emotional and spiritual cost. Thom and I come from varying musical traditions. He grew up during the punk music era and I grew up trained as a classical pianist. Within the realm of music, we unite as a team to create a montage that is representative of Americana music influenced by desert dreams,” states Miri. They are currently had at work on their music collection. After receiving thie year’s W.A.M. Award, they are more excited than ever to get on the road again to meet new fans and re-connect with long standing fans. Until then, the music of Hunter and the Wick’d is available via cdbaby, iTunes, Amazon, et al, as well as retail locations throughout Southern California.

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