Review: Ace of Wands – Lioness

In Tarot cards, per my awe-inspiring Bing skills, The Ace of Wands is a symbol that conveys possibilities in creativity, excitement, adventure, courage and personal power.

In music, per my awe-inspiring listening skills*, The Ace of Wands is Canadian.

Anna Mernieks, Jody Brumell, and Lee Rose, hailing from Toronto, Canada, are bringing their “alternative, doom lounge” style to fruition in the form of their debut record Lioness.

The, largely, rock presence of Ace of Wands floats in and out of an occasionally ambient alt-rock experience. Finding their footing, Ace of Wands crafts a deep rooted, but airy, bluesy swagger with an echoing melodic current flourishing just inside the edges of a shadowy mystique. The mystery and emptiness pairs to strong female vocals in such a refreshingly anti-top 40 sound I’ll be damned if this isn’t just the initial tap into a healthy vein of something great. Many artists try to achieve where Ace of Wands succeeds. While many are trying to Beyonce or Swift, Ace of Wands is tears into the musical flesh of prim and proper, tears off a bite, and spits it out in an edgy ten track debut album.

Lioness plays precisely to the names sake. It is a strong execution that commands presence while evoking of a strong resemblance to a sound that died out all too soon in the late 90s. Though the album strikes firm up front then tappers in overall tenacity and energy through the end, this is not to its downfall. To the contrary, where down tempo flourishes in stringed arrangements and guitar bleeds into echoing picking, the debut spreads its wings and permeates a style that does ceases to become tiresome. 

Like the Tarot Card, as the Ace of Wands is planted in your life, the seeds could take on almost any form when they sprout. Musically, like the coming spring, Lioness is a budding, promising sound that is more than welcome.

*Nanobot Rock makes no guarantee of any inspiration or “awe” anything as a result of the way Greg listens to music. Music shall be listened to at one’s own risk and any such amazement attained at the listening of any such individual.


Greg is a co-founder and regular contributor of Nanobot Rock. His knowledge of Tarot is very, very limited…

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