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Wild Light
Adult Nights
StarTime International


Wild Light's debut album Adult Nights has the soft-folk flutter of Voxtrot with the voluminous wingspan of The Polyphonic Spree. Produced by Rob Schnapps (Elliott Smith, Beck), Wild Light prove their worth as starry-eyed bards with tracks like "New Hampshire" and "The Party (Oh My God)" displaying their mastery of beautifully seamed chord movements that brandish lovely dulcet tremors. The lounging curls on "New Year's Eve" rise and recede with a warm gentleness that seduces the listener into its heavenly locks, and the marching beats of "Red House" have a sternness that is silhouetted in breezy keyboards and attractive guitar strokes. Wild Light's culmination of folk, pop and soft-rock craft a tender rustling in the melodies that sweeps listeners into another stratosphere where earthly desires are realized and reached without obstacles impeding the way.

Lead singer/guitarist Jordan Alexander has a dreamy pop sonorousness in his register that recalls The Decemberists' Colin Meloy. The soft billowing swells of keyboardists/bassists Seth Pittman and Tim Kile are tailored to Alexander's vocal measurements as the velvety drumming of Seth Kasper acts like silky shadows gliding almost unnoticed through the melodic tracks. Even through moods of sorrow and despair, the songs are imbued with a smile and find the light in the darkness; like in "California On My Mind" when Jordan Alexander reveals, "I realized I never gave you a chance / I realize I never gave you romance." The mood of the songs stays fixated on going in a positive direction even when all hope seems to have faded away, like in "Canyon City" where the lyrics muse, "I ain't got no more faith, but I'm gonna believe any way." Songs are layered with a combination of orchestral strings, light jangly tambourine chimes, a folksy sputter in the guitar chords, and mellow-toned keyboards that release warm esthetics into the melodies. The soft, glistening piano keys of "Call Home" are garnished in low-burning embers of shimmering tones and dream-like bouncing beats. Wild Light's vestments are tapered in folksy pop trimmings, which lighten up dark moods and beam with sunny rays, like in "Lawless River", showing a penchant to rise above past transgressions.

Wild Light have melodies that rise and fall, rustle and roll evenly making arrangements that reflect the mutable changes which human emotions undergo. The music is elegantly embellished with concentration focused on the melodies mirroring the lyrical content. It is an album that makes for a pleasing listening experience and leaves the listener feeling a little more positive about the future.

-Susan Frances

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