INDIE/DREAM-POP GROUP WANDERWILD (HUFFPOST, POPMATTERS, PASTE) ANNOUNCES NEW LP, IN DUE TIME, OUT NOVEMBER 17
Check out Wanderwild’s…
“Dreams” at PopMatters
RIYL: Porches, Washed Out, Postal Service, Minus the Bear, Future Islands
Wanderwild – Photo by Chelsea Kornse.
“Awe-inspiring … blends serenity with tension, pure bliss with stark inevitability.” – HuffPost
“Manages to balance pop, rock, indie and folk tendencies, with an equal emphasis on songwriting and production.” – Paste
“Rollicking, ethereal indie rock.” – PopMatters
“A warm, bright slice of organic indie pop.” – All Things Go
“I’ve literally played this disc all the way through at least once a day, and am still not tired of it. What kind of magic is this?!” – Elmore Magazine
“Strong songwriting shines brightly on the project.” – Purevolume
“Earthy charm and earnest lyricism.” – I Heart Moosiq
September 18th, 2017 – Athens, GA-based Indie/dreampop act Wanderwild (aka Matt Martin) has officially announced a new LP, In Due Time, out November 17th. The record was produced by Martin himself at Chase Park Transduction (REM, Animal Collective, Deerhunter) and his own Kilig Recordings. Along with the announcement, the group shared their first single “Dreams” at PopMatters who called it, “Rollicking, ethereal indie rock.”
Wanderwild was born the project of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Matt Martin. A staple of the Athens, GA music scene, he cut his teeth playing and producing for numerous bands such as Faye Webster, Dana Swimmer and White Violet. Martin eventually crafted an outlet for his own songs under the name Wanderwild, whose debut EP, Fleeting, “[managed] to balance pop, rock, indie, and folk tendencies, with an equal emphasis on songwriting and production” (Paste). The EP captured an immediacy that echoes bands like Death Cab For Cutie and The National, while engaging the warmth and melodic sensibilities of Feist and Bon Iver.
Early 2017 found the project in exciting new territory. Quickly after the release of Fleeting, Wanderwild transitioned from being a solo venture with a rotating cast of live players to a stable lineup of collaborators. With the addition of Wes Gregory on drums, Ian White on guitar, and Taylor Cotton on bass, the band began working on a new LP. In Due Time builds on the musical and lyrical themes established by Fleeting, while also welcoming brand new aesthetics and approaches. The album was entirely self-produced between Martin’s own Kilig Recordings and Athens landmark Chase Park Transduction (Deerhunter, R.E.M., Animal Collective). With heightened dynamic range and diverse production techniques, In Due Time is an exercise in artistic flexibility, while being an undeniably exciting listening experience.
Each song has its own personality, while still contributing to the framework of the album as a whole. “Control” begins the record in a place of womb-likeambience, but quickly adopts a driving rhythmic pulse and densely layered soundscape. “Coalesce” contrasts moody electronic textures with lush, expansive melodies that serve to create both tension and release. “Plans” is a painfully honest portrayal of romantic frustration, housing simple and subdued production, while “Seasons” reluctantly embraces the validity of pain, joy, and everything in between. “Dreams” pinpoints challenges of identity, purpose, and worth, with sugarcoated production that makes uncertainty easier to swallow. Reverence of the everyday moment is an important theme throughout the record, though it doesn’t always come easily. “Day 31” beautifully encapsulates this notion with specific setting and scale, and ends the record with unhinged and explosive sonic energy.
Martin explains, “Music for me is often about unpacking the relationship between cynicism and optimism and existential uncertainty. It’s about finding personal balance through sound and texture and space.”
Wanderwild’s In Due TIme is out Nov. 17.