Review: The Lonely Wild’s The Sun as It Comes

The last time we heard from The Lonely Wild was way back in 2011, when their EP Dead End came on the scene–and didn’t make many waves. Fast forward a year and a half to the spring of 2013, and their first full-length album The Sun as It Comes is featured on the iTunes ‘This Week’ list of new releases.

A listen through the album shows they’ve grown as a band, maturing some in sound. While still betraying their love affair with Old West through a dusty Americana vibe, they don’t sound as much like cowboys with electric instruments in an abandoned factory anymore; instead, they sound more like My Morning Jacket drunk on moonshine, singing their blues out all at once in a local saloon.

In fact, the sound that they lay down on the twelve tracks here is an interesting hybrid. iTunes gives it the catch-all label of ‘Alternative’, but it’s got just enough indie to make it unique, just enough reverb to make it shimmer, and just enough country to give it character–all without ever coming off as pretentious. It’s a rootsy record that rocks and rolls, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and shows signs of maturity against its predecessor while still dealing with similar themes of man vs. self.

They have more than a few interesting tracks here. Some of my favorites are the warmly-reverberating, mopey cowboy ballads that have nowhere to go in a hurry, but seem to finish too quickly anyway. Many of them feel like they could have been crafted by some artist that you know and love, but just can’t quite put your finger on. Others, like Banks and Ballrooms, sound like they could be a Doobie Brothers influenced Arcade Fire.

For your listening pleasure, here’s a song that sounds something like Calexico on steroids, called Everything You Need–live:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKhyuLM6DTQ]

They’re good. I’m listening.
-LM

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