(Photo Credit: Jonathan Weiner)
Probably the second biggest song of Sting's solo career (right behind "Fields of Gold") was "Englishman in New York." On the one hand, the song sort of makes me laugh. Here's Sting -- one of the most beloved rock stars in the world -- and his biggest existential concern is that he feels out of place in another city. It's not the sentiment. It's the "I'm an alien. I'm a legal alien. I'm an Englishman in New York" chorus. It just seems so...melodramatic. But as a Southerner who's lived in New York for six months now, I finally get it. Without the cultural touchstones you hold dear, you can feel adrift no matter how comfortable and happy you otherwise are. And with their sophomore LP, The Lonely Wild
may be from LA but their rustic, rock-tinged Americana sound transports right back to the hollows and countrysides I called home.
Chasing White Light
is an apt name for the record. The notion of heading towards white light is often associated with death but what is death but another journey in our experience of life. The universe is ~10 billion years old. Our conscious sense of identity exists for 70 years on average. That means we exist for 0.0000007% of the time the universe has existed. But despite the fact that we are a heart palpitation in the continued existence of the universe, life can be transcendent. There are moments of beauty worth chasing for this brief amount of time that we're around, and with their folk-rock, southern-fried sound, The Lonely Wild tap into that indomitable element of the human spirit to experience and simply exist. It's Monday but Chasing White Light
is the sort of album like last year's criminally under-rated Into the Wide
by Delta Spirit that makes you feel alive by virtue of hearing the plaintive cries of its vocals and the uplifting swells of its strings.
From opening track "Snow" to closing track "Echo," Chasing White Light
refuses to slow down or slip into a sonic rut. Whether it's the Lone Bellow-esque opening number to the more ragged and rock-fused "Hunted," the record switches back and forth between more deliberately paced and high energy tracks without sacrificing the general larger than life feel of the record. The Lonely Wild weren't on my radar at all before this album was sent our way, and now I'm looking forward to the next time they come to this city. I want to be at that show.
You can pre-order Chasing White Light
due out 10/2 here
And be sure to check out the band's upcoming tour dates below.
10.02 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Greyhound (record release listening party)
10.03 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
10.08 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10.11 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza