Synthesized, with backing vocals on loop, drums and a rhythmic tempo that is Wild Beast’s signature style, the band have recorded another stunning album that will have their fans excited and craving a new tour. Having called time on their career, they’ve decided to release this last record, followed by a final tour. Recorded across two days in London’s RAK Studios, the band have cut off all restraints with this album, knowing full well this is their last.
Formed in 2002 in Kendal, Wild Beasts released their first single, Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants, on Bad Sneakers Records in November 2006. They subsequently signed to Domino Records, releasing five acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto in 2008, Two Dancers in 2009, Smother in 2011, Present Tense in 2014 and Boy King in 2016. Nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, Two Dancers was the album that got them on my radar, and upsettingly they announced only eight years later that they were disbanding, disappointing their fans.
Wanderlust opens the album with what we expect from the band, synth, rhythm and Hayden Thorpe’s falsetto, and lyric such as “don’t confuse me with someone who gives a fuck.” Big Cat is a toe-tapper, which will pull you into this record, if Wanderlust didn’t already, with amazingly lyrical rhyming: “Get back, big cat having none of that, Safeword you can’t retract.”
A Simple Beautiful Truth, however is a disappointingly repetitive track on the album, letting the whole album down somewhat. And 2BU will disorientate Wild Beast’s fans, as the vocals are not what we are used to, although the music is standardly synthesized. Bed of Nails brings the standard of the album back up with a stunning track that incorporates lyrics such as “Any old bed of nails for me…surround me like a warm bath.” Hooting & Howling provides a head nod towards Andy Bell of Erasure. Nonetheless it’s a guitar and piano-led track that sees them a little less electronic than what we know them for.
This Is Our Lot builds, with drums and bass to steer you into this track, this is a wonderful anthemic track for Wild Beasts, with lyrics such as “we find ourselves dancing late like reprobates” we are forever waiting for the track to drop. The layers of this single make this a real stand-out one on this record, which will leave you craving more Wild Beasts. Albeit repetitive, Alpha Female is similarly a chorale for the band, providing hooks, falsettos and a wonderful rhythm we can only expect from this suspending talent. Reaching the end of this last and final from the band it’s impossible not to feel remorse for their disbanding, as this record reminds of their contribution to music, particularly when listening to tracks like All The King’s Men.
Last Night All My Dreams Came True is out on 16th February via Domino Records.