It is common fact that the best moments in life are always the most challenging to put into words. Anyone can relate to experiencing something so much grander than oneself that it captivates an individual in the best way possible. This overwhelming aura surrounds the newest Wild Beasts record “Smother” that both invites and entices the listener into a world that always seems just out of reach.
Throughout “Smother”, Wild Beasts showcase a fascinating blend of indie rock, art-rock, minimalism, and electronica that creates lush, surreal dreamscapes that are actually just pop songs in disguise. Wild Beasts also have two singers that trade off rolls. One has an extremely unique counter-tenor vocal, which he blends with high Falsetto, while the other is more of a baritone vocal with humanistic subtleties. Besides vocals, the members of Wild Beasts also trade off instrumentation and take different approaches to songwriting on “Smother”. The use of ambient guitars, electronic loops, piano and keyboard, and tasteful drumming shine through every track on this record, and create the dark moody backdrop for the mysterious lyrical content of lust, love, longing, and despair.
This record tends to be difficult to put your head around at first listen. Patience is a virtue however, as it slowly unravels and sinks into your subconscious with every spin. Each track becomes more full of life, and allows room to breath in the intellectual complexities that translate into familiar emotions the listener can grasp onto.
It would be a shame to not step into the gorgeous world that Wild Beasts have created on “Smother”. You can follow this artist on their Facebook, purchase this record through their label Domino Records, or listen to a track below: