May 22, 2013 in song of the week
If 2012 was the year of the unexpected, with stellar albums that seemingly appeared out of nowhere, then 2013 is the year of the anticipated. One of those highly anticipated albums was from Wild Ones. Two bands, an EP, and a single later, Wild Ones is finally putting out their debut album. Keep It Safe, will be released on July 9th, and though it took forever to get to us, we’re lucky it came together at all.
Nestled somewhere between tUnE-yArDs and Pure Bathing Culture, Keep It Safe is a milestone that brings together indie rock, synth pop, and a third intangible ingredient that forms a recipe to a delicious meal. The albums first single Curse Over Me, is a perfect encapsulation of those elements and the album as a whole.
The result of a delicate collaboration that nearly destroyed the band, Curse Over Me is a unique apex of sounds that click once played together. It’s the voice of lead singer Danielle Sullivan that provides the glue and the songs depth. From her days brushing the edge of space with soaring vocals in Eskimo and Sons and Congratulations, to a more matured tone in Wild Ones, it’s one of my favorite voices. Just when I think she’s about to break, or take the easy way out Danielle stuns me with an incomparable vocal range.
Through all its bright airy pop, Curse Over Me has a strong emotional undercurrent. There’s a weight to the music, emanating from Sullivan’s full vocals and the contrasting synthesizer, which makes the song one of the albums more beautiful cuts. Considering the emotional toll the creation of this album took on the band members, it’s only fitting that it would leak out in sharp medicated doses.
If Curse Over Me doesn’t get you excited for Keep it Safe, check out their video for the album’s opening track Golden Twin, or perhaps a demo version of It’s Real. If none of that get’s you excited then you should probably check yourself into the hospital because you might have something wrong with you.
A free download of Curse Over Me is available below. You can pre-order the album here, including a limited white vinyl pressing.