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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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Still Great...

Wild Beasts have issued another excellent album. This group continues to grow and make progress in their sound. The two voices from their lead vocalists are commanding and beautiful. Great work.

I love it, personally.

This album is groovy. It's one of the few albums I've found in my life that I must listen to as one whole album, shuffle or not. If you like good, solid beats with memorable melodies and beautiful vocals, then I can't recommend this enough.


I can't get enough of these audio masterful creators. They put my emotions on spectrum overload. They are sensually poetic and elegantly eloquent. I covet, crave and cling to my Wild Beasts.


Formed: Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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