Pigeons and Planes tipped me off with The Wyld last week and I’ve been addicted the New Zealand band’s charms ever since. My far off view of NZ is filled with LOTR memorobilia and outdoor adventure from friends’ photos. However, The Wyld carry an edge on their debut Preface that seems more like shadowy Brooklyn than the home of the kiwi. Album standouts “Revolution” and “Rome” bustle with a combination of bar fly rock with hip-hop elements that come off as calculated (not corny). Much of the album floats somewhere between The Neighbourhood, The xx and Atomsphere, but tracks like “Heart Attack” and “Change” drift into blues territory a la The Black Keys. Hear Preface below or download for your own price at bandcamp.
The Preface album