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Wild Beasts - A Simple Beautiful Truth

“A Simple Beautiful Truth” is one of the many highlights off Wild Beasts’ fantastic new album Present Tense.

It’s just received the music video treatment, and what an odd, but enjoyable, one it is. Directed by Klaus Thymann & Mike Hughes, the video sees the band in wacky outfits dancing along the mountainside of Wales. Here’s how the band describe the video:

We were inspired enough by the absurdist approach taken by Talking Heads to don electric suits and dance in the ether on the top of a Beacons mountain. We wanted to capture the weightlessness of a song like ‘A Simple Beautiful Truth,’ to attempt something so ridiculous as to be sublime. The experience was strangely liberating and we asked ourselves why we hadn’t done this before.

It’s a very joyous watch, perfectly emulating the emotive of the song.

Find the video below.
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After being able to catch the truly great Wild Beasts at an intimate acoustic instore session at Other Music and seeing them play at the always intimate space that is Music Hall of Williamsburg, it struck me that this world is not fair. Why? Because a band as good as Wild Beasts should be much bigger than they are. Don’t take that the wrong way. They have a passionate fanbase; one that sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg and chanted “Wild fucking Beasts” as we waited for them to re-emerge for an encore. Yet, at the same time, it hurts to think that most of the music community, as well as some of my own friends, are ignorant to the greatness of this band. When in fact, these guys should be one of the biggest presences in rock music today. Read the rest of this entry »

Wild Beasts @ Other Music (March 3, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2014 — with 6 comments

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Last week Wild Beasts released their amazing new album Present Tense (via Domino Records). Tomorrow they play a sold out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I can’t wait for it.

Tonight at 8 p.m. the band’s duel vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming stopped by record store Other Music to perform a free acoustic set instore, featuring stripped down versions of songs from the new album. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Wild Beasts – Sweet Spot

By Will Oliver, February 17th 2014

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new album Present Tense comes out February 25 via Domino. It’s safe to say it’s one of my most anticipated releases in the first quarter of 2014.

We already checked out first single “Wanderlust” and now they have delivered yet another offering from the new LP. It’s called “Sweet Spot” and it’s another wonderful textured track featuring plenty of the great duel vocal work of Tom Fleming and Hayden Thorpe. The synth influence is heavier here, a delight of a track that gets more stunning with every further listen.

Enjoy “Sweet Spot” below.
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[new]: Wild Beasts – Stray

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2012

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“Stray” is a previously unreleased track from Wild Beasts, during their recording sessions for Smother. The band posted the song on youtube, with the following put in the description:

So as an end of year treat we’d like to share this unreleased track from the Smother album sessions called ‘Stray’.

Thank you for all your support the past year & here’s to a fantastic 2013 for all of us!

Wild Beasts

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“Stay” is yet another wondrous beauty from the band. Give it a spin below.

Wild Beasts [Live] @ Le Poisson Rouge (July 14, 2011)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2011 — with 1 comment

Last night was my first time at Le Poisson Rouge, and it was a great experience all around. It’s a small intimate venue with pretty good lighting and sound. No matter where you are you have a good view, which is a telling sign of a worthy venue. It also helped that they had Wild Beasts playing.

Marques Toliver opened promptly at 7:30 enchanting the small but attentive audience with his unique sound. His main go to instrument was the violin which he plucked and played while singing – creating a beautiful sound. His soulful voice put on top of the violin did wonders. I’m surprised that Marques hasn’t blown up yet. But after witnessing the crowd begging him to play an encore (as the opener), I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be headed to bigger and better things very shortly. For more on Marques, visit him on facebook or follow him on twitter.

My obsession with Wild Beasts (regretfully) only started earlier this year. This band has risen as one of my favorites in a short span. This love affair started after for finally discovering their amazing 2009 album, Two Dancers, which I slept on until earlier this year. Their newest LP, Smother, has been one of my favorite albums of 2011, and it’s safe to call the Beasts one of my favorite acts at the moment. All this love came without seeing the band live. Imagine how I feel now. My friend James joined me last night even though wasn’t really familiar with the band as whole. He still took me up on my offer to see the band, and said that he was blown away as well.

The set was loyal to Smother, but all of Two Dancers standouts were included, and the crowd lost it during each and everyone of them (“This Is Our Lot”, “We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues”, “Hooting and Howling”, “All The King’s Men”) along with the very colorful “The Devil’s Crayon” from their first album, Limbo, Panto. The band has yet to fully explode stateside, but the fans that they do have are extremely loyal. The crowd cheered ecstatically as each song began, sang every word back to the band, and gave the band a warm round of applause after each song – causing the band to practically blush in thanks. Wild Beasts have a very loyal fan base who aren’t afraid to give it all while the band is playing. It’s only fair – the band gave us quite the show. They ended things with the cinematic closer “End Come Too Soon” which had an ecstasy filled build up that was beyond awe inspiring.

The duel vocals of Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming are what makes the band so great. Live, the voices are devastatingly good. I couldn’t help but think how unfair it was for a band to be loaded with both of these powerful vocalists. The rest of the band packed a punch live, with most of the songs catering to a bass heavy dance edge that takes over their live show – something that you may or not notice on their recordings.

Setlist & Marques Toliver photos after the jump:

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