It was a toss up this evening between the straight-ahead indie pop noise of Mumm-Ra or the bedazzled incomprehendability of Wilderness. In the end I plumped for the rough road, sometimes it’s better to take a bite into something that offers a bit more resistance and in Wilderness’s case your ears shall not pass. These wild experimentalists are signed to the Jagjaguwar label and have 2 albums under their belts. James Johnson really reminds me of Liam Maher from baggy legends Flowered Up, not accent wise but in the way he fires his words skywards in a wicked attempt to reach as many people as possible. But there is more to the band than the lead man’s vocal thrusts, in fact on ‘Your Hands’ the guitar parts have their own unique story to recount. Their fiery demeanour is a joy from start to finish, towards the end in fact they become a thing of jagged beauty. KD
Wilderness – Your Hands
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