This makes The Electric Würms — a new offshoot featuring Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd — and its designation as a separate entity feel significant. Debut single (and Yes cover) “Heart of the Sunrise” reveals it is more a matter of role reversal than a drastic new sound.
The single strikes a happy balance between The Terror and Embryonic; the big difference is Drozd stepping into the foreground, singing (his voice not unlike Coyne’s, if pleasingly vulnerable) as Coyne and Nashville act Linear Downfall play behind.
Yes’ original was an exercise in technical skill, but The Electric Würms condense the more than 11-minute sprawl of prog indulgences into a softly pretty, three-minute ballad. It’s the most effective sort of cover, celebrating the spirit without devolving into a bar band rendition. It speaks to The Electric Würms itself: a new look for an old favorite. — Joshua Boydston