13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Present Tense—the fourth album by the Cumbrian, U.K., quartet Wild Beasts—took nearly a year away from touring to rightfully conceive. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and The Distillery in Bath, with coproducers Lexx (Arcade Fire, Madonna) and Brian Eno protegé Leo Abrahams, the album achieves a level of consistency and emotional richness that was often harder to unscramble in Wild Beasts' angst-ridden early works. But Hayden Thorpe looks to learn more about himself with each album, taking his fans with him. The opener and debut single, “Wanderlust,” features plenty of daring sounds and a confrontational stance: “Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a ****.” But songs like “Pregnant Pause,” “Mecca,” and “Daughters” tread closer to a Scott Walker/Talk Talk vibe, where much goes on under the surface. Second vocalist Tom Fleming provides a steadying counterpoint. The easy accessibility of “A Simple Beautiful Truth” is something that their earlier selves never would have allowed but clearly should have, since every story has a moment of reflection—and you catch more fans with honey.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Present Tense—the fourth album by the Cumbrian, U.K., quartet Wild Beasts—took nearly a year away from touring to rightfully conceive. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and The Distillery in Bath, with coproducers Lexx (Arcade Fire, Madonna) and Brian Eno protegé Leo Abrahams, the album achieves a level of consistency and emotional richness that was often harder to unscramble in Wild Beasts' angst-ridden early works. But Hayden Thorpe looks to learn more about himself with each album, taking his fans with him. The opener and debut single, “Wanderlust,” features plenty of daring sounds and a confrontational stance: “Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a ****.” But songs like “Pregnant Pause,” “Mecca,” and “Daughters” tread closer to a Scott Walker/Talk Talk vibe, where much goes on under the surface. Second vocalist Tom Fleming provides a steadying counterpoint. The easy accessibility of “A Simple Beautiful Truth” is something that their earlier selves never would have allowed but clearly should have, since every story has a moment of reflection—and you catch more fans with honey.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

47 Ratings

Cant Wait

Chester321,

Just discovered this band a couple weeks ago and love them. Just great music and I'm excited. The Fun Powder Plot is my favorite song from their old stuff hope this lives up to my expectations

Couldn't have come soon enough

the real justin timberlake,

To the chaps who've already posted reviews-- the past tense of throw is threw, the name of the band is Wild Beasts and if you just discovered them 3 weeks ago perhaps you're not the best authority to consult when it comes to them. More importantly Present Tense is brilliant.

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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