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Review: Wildcat! Wildcat!, “Wildcat! Wildcat!”

No Comments 6 October 2013

Review: Wildcat! Wildcat!, “Wildcat! Wildcat!”

“It feels good. It drips from the speakers, and it bathes you in shimmering pop goodness. There’s always time later to be edgy and serious. Right now, Wildcat! Wildcat! is going to give you what you want the most: a gorgeous, thoughtful and fun record that will make you want to dance and smile.”

Artist: Wildcat! Wildcat!

EP: Wildcat! Wildcat!

Genre: Electro-Rock

RIYL: MGMT, M83, Carousel

Wilcat! Wildcat!

Besides the fact that I just like saying “Wildcat! Wildcat!” over and over again, there are far better reasons to give this self-titled EP from this Los Angeles trio a listen. The truth is that this band has a bit of a buzz surrounding this debut release, which was recorded and produced at their home studios. The result of all this anticipation is a short, but very sweet, four-track EP that had me pushing repeat after repeat after repeat.

Leadoff track “The Chief” draws you in immediately, with warmth and light, and all that’s great about a spaced-out pop song. The hook, “get up, stand up,” is the most pleasant earwig you’ll ever encounter, and it’s clear that the tone set with this song is a meld of electronic music with fleshed out rock and jazz. But it is really just an appetizer to the shimmery, charming “Garden Grays” that follows it. Having a trio of vocalists that not only complement each other while adding layers of texture truly pays off with this tune, and it rivals the catchiness of MGMT or M83, their closest musical counterparts. “Garden Grays” is just a joy to listen to, and the ethereal quality of the vocals takes this one over the top musically.

“Mr. Quiche” is surprisingly soulful, drenched in keyboards that dance quite literally out of the speakers. It’s fun, it’s catchy as hell, and again will whet the musical appetite of anyone who listens to it. “Please and Thank You” again establishes Wildcat! Wildcat! as a band that has the capability to pull from different genres and make them sound relevant, modern and completely on-point as something that has the potential to cross generations. It’s that appealing. And the fact that it taps into sounds of the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s will serve them well as they continue to push themselves musically.

This isn’t a conceptual masterpiece. It’s not groundbreaking or pushing the boundaries of social commentary in our modern society. And you know what? I’m glad it doesn’t. It’s not mopey, depressing, angry or overly-introspective. It feels good. It drips from the speakers, and it bathes you in shimmering pop goodness. There’s always time later to be edgy and serious. Right now, Wildcat! Wildcat! is going to give you what you want the most: a gorgeous, thoughtful and fun record that will make you want to dance and smile.


Wildcat! Wildcat! website: http://wildcatwildcat.com/

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