Take The Light With You

Wildlife

Culvert Music, 2019

http://wildlifeband.net

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 12/26/2019

The Toronto outfit Wildlife returns with a fourth album that has their punk roots unfolding alongside indie rock; effects, reverb, and nostalgic nods are all in attendance and fleshed out meticulously.

“Wasted” starts the listen with a driving pace of soaring indie pop with glassy smooth vocals on a melodic and immediately engaging opening, and “Broken Magic” follows with a somewhat quieter setting that bursts into a stadium-sized rocker and an anthemic chorus that you won't be able to get off your mind for days. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

On a listen where each tune brings an arsenal of creativity, “No Control” buzzes with strong musicianship and a sing-along aspect amid some punk influences, while “All In Black” recruits an ambient setting awash in synth that serves as a mesmerizing interlude. “Follower (Lala),” one of the album's best, then offer throbbing bass and a firm beat in the electronica friendly atmosphere that's suited for both the dance floor and maybe a very friendly mosh pit.

Deeper cuts bring us the brief “Whatever, Memory” where manipulated vocals and careful attention to detail help set a dreamy, adventurous mood, and “Dance Now” certainly could soundtrack the club with its playful rhythm, bright textures, and thundering percussion. “House In The Shadows” exits the record hazy and with some intricate guitar work and synthetic noises.

A record that really makes you stand up and pay attention, Take The Light With You finds Wildlife making optimal use out of reverb and fuzz, as the band shows skill at both arena rock thundering as they do intimate, calmer landscapes. They've been around for over a decade now and it's quite apparent in their strong, fluid song craft.

While comparisons probably aren't going to do the band justice, as a reference point, think of Imagine Dragons, Arcade Fire, and Modest Mouse and you'll get a pretty good idea of how great Wildlife is.

Rating: B+

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