WILD PINK - A BILLION LITTLE LIGHTS VINYL (LIGHT BLUE)
LIGHT BLUE VINYL
Release Date: 19th February 2021
VENUS VINYL OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2021
The 3rd album from the New York three-piece is their most confident and expansive record yet. A Billion Little Lights sees the band fully embrace the pop elements from their last record, as well as also mining deeper into the Americana and country vibes, whilst still retaining their emo and indie-rock charms. Like putting The War On Drugs, Death Cab For Cutie, and Bruce Springsteen in a blender!
FFO: The War On Drugs, Hovvdy, Death Cab For Cutie, Bruce Springsteen
“Wild Pink’s last album, 2018’s Yolk In The Fur, concluded with a song about the strange sense of relief that comes with “letting go of youth.” Frontman John Ross, then in his early thirties, was singing from a place of newfound comfort and wisdom, but it ended with a repetition of the line, “I don’t know what happens next.” The song, titled “All Some Frenchman’s Joke”, is a beautifully concise rendering of a universal milestone: leveling up from the wide-eyed naivety and self-destructive routines of our youth, only to realize that we’re as unprepared for the future as we were for the past. On Wild Pink’s third album and first for Royal Mountain Records, A Billion Little Lights, Ross explores that dichotomy of finally achieving emotional security—of accepting the love and peace he deprived himself of in his twenties—while also feeling existentially smaller and more directionless than ever before. The record is a two-pronged triumph: an extraordinary reflection on the human condition presented through the sharpest, grandest, and most captivating songs Wild Pink have ever composed. The band, which is rounded out by bassist T.C. Brownell and drummer Dan Keegan, formed in New York City in 2015 and put out a handful of EP’s before releasing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2017. It was a sophisticated showing for a band’s first album, but it was the striking maturation of Yolk In The Fur that established Wild Pink’s unique sound: a glistening variety of pastoral indie-rock akin to The War On Drugs, Death Cab For Cutie, and Kurt Vile, but informed by classic American rock poets like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.”