Monday, 24 October 2011

REVIEW: Wild Beasts - 'Reach A Bit Further'

Notably inspired by the Romantics and the sublime scenery of their hometown of Kendal, Wild Beasts are certainly modern –day Lake Poets in their own right.

'Reach A Bit Further', the next single taken from their critically-acclaimed third album, Smother, shows the band submitting to this identity; with strong, lyrical metaphor exploring the vast complexities of modern romance. The quartet, however, also shuns expectations with strange, exotic syncopated drumbeats and pitchy guitars that chase each other amongst chiming xylophones. The vocal call-and-response between Hayden Thorpe’s startling countertenor and Tom Fleming’s warm Cumbrian burr is also utterly charming – Flemings’ voice is supremely reminiscent of Elbow’s Guy Garvey’s comforting tone – and the song has, however rare an occurrence, a wonderfully repetitive core. It is an absolute delight to hear.

*Published for NSR Music Blog (24/10/11)!/notes/newcastle-student-radio/wild-beasts-review-by-charlotte-krol/10150340872229195

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