It’s become a growing trend in the music business that bands and solo artists release several EP’s during the year or over a couple years rather than the traditional full length album releases once every two or three years. It makes a lot of sense considering the fact that most people stream their music nowadays and this practice of releasing music certainly jives well with that.
Los Angeles’ Wilderado have done just that this year. Earlier in 2016 they released their first EP Misty Shrub, a lovely introduction to these indie rockers and now this month they’ve released their second EP of the year, Latigo. Imagine – if you will – a combination of Band of Horses and alt-J. When I say Band of Horses, I mean good Band of Horses, like Cease To Begin era, that time when they took over indie music with hits like “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Cigarettes and Wedding Bands”. As for the alt-J reference, at times Wilderado’s harmonizing is reminiscent of the left of center sound that alt-J is known for. However, Wilderado’s writing and subject material is cleaner, a lot less abstract and much easier to listen to.
Simply put, I am absolutely in love with Latigo. If this EP doesn’t solidify Wilderado’s place in indie rock, I’m not sure who’s listening. The lead off track, “Morning Light” is a great introduction to Maxim Rainer’s unique vocals and a perfect way to start the EP and the track “Rubble to Rubble” is pure indie bliss, heavy on the Americana.
If you haven’t heard these guys yet, do yourself a favor and take a listen! I’ve even made it easy for you via Spotify below.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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