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Wild Pink

Wild Pink's "A Billion Little Lights"

 The release of new music from the Wild Pink is cause for mellowed-out celebration and so today we're in luck because the band (but not that band) just yesterday released their third full-length LP (yes I realize that's redundant) and it's called A Billion Little Lights. From the first bars of "The Wind Was Like A Train" an auditory spell is cast by John Ross & Co. as a warm-hued synth melody is joined by chiming guitars and marching band snare and weeping steel guitar woven together like a comfy quilt and finally Ross himself as he gently intones a Zen koan about what sounds like a game of horseshoes played on a frozen lake and how he's got your back despite the seeming recklessness of this scenario with the song culminating in a string section flourish all clocking in at an economical 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Listening to the opening track I can't help but think of Jason Lytle and Grandaddy during that group's heyday, or at least their gentler material, but Wild Pink provides an Americana spin on the indie aesthetic that sets them apart, and on the whole, A Billion Little Lights finds many beautiful wrinkles to explore in the veins of blissed out folk and alt-country and roots rock reveries all while contemplating subjects such as the inevitability of time's passage and the violent settlement of the West and social media oversharing and Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Florida retirement homes (Ross grew up in Central Florida before relocating to NYC years ago) with the latter two of these enumerated subjects acting as inspiration for the song below whose video features one of the stars of Schitt's Creek and also features backing vocals (just like "The Wind" above) from Julia Steiner who fronts the Chicago-based band Ratboys. (Jason Lee)


Wild Pink releases EP "5 Songs" including remixes, new tracks

Wild Pink's new EP 5 Songs is a delightful listen, and its remixes and new tracks serves as a fitting primer to new listeners. The group's last full-length record Yolk in the Fur came out last July, which means that a taste of a something new was in the cards. Therefore, Wild Pink have compiled two new tracks: The wistful "How's The Tap Here?" about changing relationships, and the anthemic "Coaches Who Cry" about growing up in Virginia. To keep things interesting, the band have also included remixes of three tracks from Yolk in the Fur for the EP: Shy Layers' trip-funky "There Is A Ledger", Dondadi's glitched-out "Love Is Better", and Eerie Gates' atmospheric "All Some Frenchman's Joke". Wild Pink recently performed at Bowery Ballroom, and they're currently on a US tour. While you wait for them to return to NYC, you can listen to "Coaches Who Cry" below. - Will Sisskind


Wild Pink brings folk tinged Indie Rock to Mercury on 10.08

Hailing from New York City, indie rock trio Wild Pink brings together an intoxicating blend of songwriting talent, featuring lead singer John Ross's soft and warm vocals on an often driven instrumental backdrop. After two EPs since 2015, earlier this year they released their debut full-length record, a self-titled effort featuring stand out single ‘Great Apes’, and ten more songs walking the line between delicate songwriting and DIY slacker attitude. Tracks such as opener ‘How Do You Know If God Takes You Back’ and ‘Wizards of Loneliness’ (streaming below) showcase the band's softer side, bringing out dream-folk overtones. They'll take the stage at Mercury Lounge on October 18th opening for Pinact and performing alongside New York locals Your Dream Coat- Vernon McGhee


Wild Pink brings punk-influenced indie rock to Goldsounds, 7.26

Wild Pink is one of those rare bands that's able to channel the emotional without being melodramatic, the nostalgic without the overly sentimental. The New York-based three-piece informs their brand of indie rock with punk and garage influences, while their narrative-inspired lyricism channels a singer-songwriter vibe. Their New York roots become clear in songs like “Great Apes” (streaming below) where they make specific references to their surroundings (“Riding out some psychotropics / In the shadow of the World Trade / Trying hard to understand the culture in my face.”) The dynamics of the song are reminiscent of early 2000s indie rock, but their simple, raw lyrics modernize the track. Their next live show will be at Goldsounds in Brooklyn on the 26th, and after that, The Knit on 08.23 and then a September East Coast tour. - Lilly Milman

Wild Pink releases dreamy debut LP, plays Baby's All Right on 04.18

Embracing at once gentleness, distortion, reverb and feedback, NYC trio Wild Pink crafts dreamo-pop that's enjoyable and varied. And in case you are wondering what "dreamo-pop" is, it's dream pop with traces of emo in it (you should have gotten that one!). After two EPs released in 2015 and 2016, the band dropped their debut, self titled full length earlier in 2017, and it's a record of rare songwriting consistency. They have two pretty solid local shows coming up, one at Baby's All Right on April 18, and one at BK Bazaar on May 20th. Check out single "Great Apes," streaming below


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