13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adult Nights is the earnest and ambitious debut release by the New Hampshire-based band Wild Light. Their melancholic indie rock/folk-pop sounds comfortably familiar, with crisp guitar hooks, glossy keyboards, and an instinctive feel for dramatic tension. The album features a slew of catchy mid-tempo songs, notably “California On My Mind,” “Canyon City,” and “Heart Attack,” that cover ground somewhere between self pity and angst, with soaring harmonies and big sing-along choruses (three of the four members ably share vocal duties). There are multiple references to their native state and their adopted one of California (or at least the place where they recorded the album) and the gulf that exists between the two, whether musically or metaphorically, is all over these songs. From the pleasing backing vocals of “The Party (Oh, My God!)” to the aching “Call Home,” Adult Nights is a charming and enjoyable first release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adult Nights is the earnest and ambitious debut release by the New Hampshire-based band Wild Light. Their melancholic indie rock/folk-pop sounds comfortably familiar, with crisp guitar hooks, glossy keyboards, and an instinctive feel for dramatic tension. The album features a slew of catchy mid-tempo songs, notably “California On My Mind,” “Canyon City,” and “Heart Attack,” that cover ground somewhere between self pity and angst, with soaring harmonies and big sing-along choruses (three of the four members ably share vocal duties). There are multiple references to their native state and their adopted one of California (or at least the place where they recorded the album) and the gulf that exists between the two, whether musically or metaphorically, is all over these songs. From the pleasing backing vocals of “The Party (Oh, My God!)” to the aching “Call Home,” Adult Nights is a charming and enjoyable first release.

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About Wild Light

Although the members of New Hampshire indie rock outfit Wild Light first got together in high school, it wasn't until after college that the three were able to devote full and undivided attention to the project, which got going again in 2005. Members Tim Kyle, Seth Pitman, Jordan Alexander, and Seth Kasper began working on music in the basement of a shared house before taking their sound to the people. The buzz built up by the band soon led to a high-profile opening spot for LCD Soundsystem and the highly popular Arcade Fire. Surely helped by the fact that Wild Light's Tim Kyle once featured in the Arcade lineup, Wild Light's successful performance helped land them an opportunity to open for Arcade Fire on their subsequent European tour. In late 2007, Wild Light released their first EP, a self-titled affair. In 2008 the band would continue its run of well-received live shows, not to mention a trip to Los Angeles to begin work on what was to be its debut full-length. Adult Nights, which was produced by Rob Schnapf, arrived in spring 2009. ~ Chris True

  • ORIGIN
    New Hampshire
  • FORMED
    2005

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