Jet Lag is like a cemetery in spring. It's pretty and serene, but under the shiny folk pop lies the broken evidence of dead relationships. The first solo full-length by Josiah Wolf (drummer from WHY?) tries hard to unearth the pieces, stringing them together in gap-filled narratives that end up being ethereal in all their metaphors. But the imagery and sentiments tend to be hit or miss.
Songs start out well enough, like in "The Opposite of Breathing" where Wolf strums and sings, "It's just a February sense. I can hear your little voice inside my head, saying now it's time for change." But it's something like bad poetry when he clunkily continues with, "I've frozen my assets! I've got nothing to give right now." Or in "Gravity Defied" where smart drumming and curious instrumentation are out-weighed by over-the-top rhyming and a wavering falsetto.
Wolf has a good sound, in general. You hear it in the background and it evokes the aftermath of a breakup perfectly—especially the nostalgic, what-if part. If you listen too closely, the darker images of planes and rainy gravestones lose their mysterious allure. Maybe its because there are no moments of clear crisis to give the landscape depth.
Josiah Wolf plays the Palace Tuesday, May 25, at 9 PM with The Orange Shades and Tyson Ballew. $5.