Wild Beasts / Present Tense
Album:Present Tense Collection:General
Artist:Wild Beasts Added:Mar 2014

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-03-21 Pull Date:2014-05-23 
Week Ending:May 25May 18May 11May 4Apr 27Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 04, 2015:A Visit From Drum (All My Friends Are Animals)
A Dog's Life
4.May 20, 2014:A-Philiac
2.Jun 06, 2014:A Visit From Drum (Best of 2014)
A Simple Beautiful Truth
5.May 16, 2014:A Visit From Drum
3.May 21, 2014:Meow After Midnight
Wanderlust, Wanderlust
6.May 09, 2014:A Visit From Drum
Past Perfect

Album Review
Graham Anderson
Reviewed 2014-03-20 
Wild Beasts / Present Tense / Domino

Emotive synth pop

A darkly orchestrated hook-heavy synth piece of beauty. Many songs rely on similar instrumental voices, but the atmosphere these create is dreadful and beautiful. Vox includes a rare baritone, leading us deep into dystopia. Draws from electronic rock tropes and delivers some despairing, fragile, gorgeous perspectives.

RIYL: Antlers, Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, Perfume Genius

no FCCs

1. 4:55 synth bass, e-chorus, polyrhythmic beat and Costello-esque vox, atmospheric synth solo, Radiohead-like skipping tape outro
2. 3:33 * Hand-drum beat, anxious baritone vox, synth bass and treble riffs, e-chorus, all makes for something like Kid A crossed with the Magnetic Fields, very nice
3. 3:45 ** Intro sparse and tense, builds to a more fleshed-out and memorable hook. Tentative guitar, synth pads, and Morrisey-esque vox make a dystopic and beautiful feel. Longing and ruined plans. Highly recommended.
4. 3:59 Polyrhythm guitar over New Wave drum and synth beat, bad 80’s sci-fi effect solo, staccato tenor vox, beat gets deconstructed and built up again for a lush finish.
5. 4:47 Mood organ drone with synth shaker and baritone chant-like vox. Tenor vox for backup vocals on a despairing hook. Vibraphone and reverb synth hits make an appearance for futuristic noir.
6. 3:09 Lullaby intro, tenor vox, piano + guitar music-box-like backing. Ballad-beat moving chorus, humming verse and dramatic finish.
7. 2:36 * Hook-heavy New Wave tenor vox with synth bells and pipe organ, staccato rhythm section, stuck-record woodwind finish. Too short!
8. 3:21 * Acoustic kit intro, Kid – A-like atmospheric synth with despairing noise and starter-gun like 2&4 beat. Arpeggio guitar and haunting husky vox.
9. 2:57 Funk bass and muted guitar, hand drum, simple beat and piano comping with riffing tenor vox for a new take on Disco/funk groove
10. 4:37 Dissonant synth drone, bass synth pads, baritone croons in short melodic phrases, fall asleep to it and dream darkly
11. 3:20 80’s pop synth arpeggio and piano riff, a bright and clear tenor vox, emotional nostalgic pop, LP hiss outro
Graham Anderson

Track Listing
1.Wanderlust 6.Pregnant Pause
2.Nature Boy 7.A Simple Beautiful Truth
3.Mecca 8.A Dog's Life
4.Sweet Spot 9.Past Perfect
5.Daughters 10.New Life