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Daily Archives: May 20, 2011

I’m not really a fan of grandiose indie music: complex orchestration in rock music shouts hypocrisy. This is not to say that lo-fi is any better, with literally hundreds of bands passing off generic songs as art by adding reverb and recording on a four-track from the 1980’s. Wild Beasts fit into neither category, combining catchy guitar hooks with layers of challenging percussion and a driving bassline to create music with real presence. But they don’t use cheap tricks to mask a lack of musicianship; rather, they make the listener work to appreciate their sound. Though at first the lead singer’s voice may be off-putting, after a few listens Smother rewards handsomely with a solid set of tracks that don’t lose their sheen after even a few weeks of dedicated playtime. – B. Orwin

Wild Beasts – End Come Too Soon

Wild Beasts – Bed of Nails

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