“We put our hearts into making this thing, completely, with all the violence and romance we could muster.” – Wildlife
I’ll always remember how I felt the first time I heard Strike Hard, Young Diamond, Wildlife’s first album. A friend and I were driving from north of the city back into the core and he had it playing in his car. I remember feeling eager, sentimental and overcome by a longing to be with my friends all at once. This urge to be on a dance floor experiencing the songs enveloped in the arms of my closest music loving companions is what pounded in my heart as we made the drive home that night. …On The Heart evoked all these same feelings and did it willfully and with integral humility to what the band sets out to do. All any listener can do is close their eyes, throw their head back, move their body to the punctuated rhythms and take it all in.
The first track, ‘If It Breaks’ simply reels listeners in and serves as a perfect intro . The album carefully shifts gears as the second track, ‘Born to Ruin’ kicks in. It is a steady rise between tracks 2 to 4, and the progression of such sets your attention down gently by track 5, ‘Don’t Fear’, a slower, simpler ballad. The lyrics are honest and endearing, and the many layers of the each song’s composition is an extremely enjoyable catalyst for them. The tracks are laden with a pairing of clean bass and heavy floor tom use which gives the album a pulse, and the modest use of synth and slight variations in guitar tonality is what sets the slower ballads a part from the more up-tempo tunes. With built in instrumental breaks at Track 6 ‘(Arrythmia)’, and Track 10 ‘(Pulse)’, they’ve paved the way for listeners to experience the journey that is the album.
The band teamed up with some talented like-minded producers to make this album happen including Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) and Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado). Wildlife’s hard work and intention is portrayed so clearly and concisely with the album, and their willingness to share is just one more reason to be a fan of them.
…On The Heart is out tomorrow, March 5th!