10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in a remote part of Wales with co-producer Richard Formby, England’s Wild Beasts continue to evolve into a tuneful group less obsessed with sonic abrasions. The dark challenges of their early work continue to follow the flow of Two Dancers to create velvet backdrops that obscure the band’s devious side. Listen closely to “Lion’s Share” and you’ll hear a tale of deep, carnal love. “Bed of Nails” continues Hayden Thorpe’s obsessions with the pain and pleasure principles, while “Burning” grooves with an avant-garde pulse reminiscent of Nico or Suicide. “Loop the Loop,” “Plaything” and “Invisible” chart closer to the works of David Sylvian and latter-day Talk Talk for a take on stationary dance grooves. Rarely is love and sex sung about with such fervor. The seven-and-a half minute “End Come Too Soon” completes the album with a beautiful, weightless piece of travel pop, where you can feel yourself gliding down the highway towards a breathtaking sunset. Wild Beasts are proving to be an ensemble with room to evolve in any direction they desire.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in a remote part of Wales with co-producer Richard Formby, England’s Wild Beasts continue to evolve into a tuneful group less obsessed with sonic abrasions. The dark challenges of their early work continue to follow the flow of Two Dancers to create velvet backdrops that obscure the band’s devious side. Listen closely to “Lion’s Share” and you’ll hear a tale of deep, carnal love. “Bed of Nails” continues Hayden Thorpe’s obsessions with the pain and pleasure principles, while “Burning” grooves with an avant-garde pulse reminiscent of Nico or Suicide. “Loop the Loop,” “Plaything” and “Invisible” chart closer to the works of David Sylvian and latter-day Talk Talk for a take on stationary dance grooves. Rarely is love and sex sung about with such fervor. The seven-and-a half minute “End Come Too Soon” completes the album with a beautiful, weightless piece of travel pop, where you can feel yourself gliding down the highway towards a breathtaking sunset. Wild Beasts are proving to be an ensemble with room to evolve in any direction they desire.

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About Wild Beasts

England's Wild Beasts were a duo founded in 2002 by Hayden Thorpe (guitar, vocals) and Ben Little (guitar). Originally called Fauve, the group was joined by drummer Chris Talbot in 2004 and changed its name to Wild Beasts. After recording a self-titled EP, Tom Flemming was recruited as Wild Beasts' bassist, and the band relocated to Leeds, where its energetic sound and Thorpe's theatrical falsetto earned the group a dedicated local following. Wild Beasts released a number of singles on Bad Sneakers Records (which they signed to in 2006) before signing with Domino Records in 2007. Their debut album, Limbo, Panto, was released in July 2008 in the U.K. and that fall in the U.S. It was followed in 2009 by Two Dancers, again on Domino. For 2011's Smother, the group recorded in an isolated area in North Wales and reunited with co-producer Richard Formby. After a period of intense touring, the bandmembers announced a break so they could concentrate on recording their fourth album, Present Tense, which was scheduled for release in early 2014. Wild Beasts announced they were working with producers Lexxx and Leo Abrahams and released the single "Wanderlust" in preparation. The album was extremely successful, receiving a very respectable 8.2 rating on Pitchfork, and going on to reach number ten on the U.K. album chart. Their follow-up, 2016's Boy King, was preceded by the release of the Olivier Groulx-directed video for the lead single "Get My Bang." The full album, this time made with the help of Grammy-winning producer John Congleton, was released in August 2016, again on the Domino imprint. ~ Katherine Fulton

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