Its coming up to that time of year, where us bloggers try to look back on the year and compile those “best of” lists. I have the most fun with making the best songs list. I dive back into the blog, searching for those songs I posted all year and the ones that made my monthly playlists. And of course, the ones I might have missed, or that fell through the cracks.
One track that will definitely be on my list is Wild Cub‘s “Thunder Clatter”, which now has a lyric video (featuring the photography of Margaret Durow). The band have just announced a Jan/Feb headlining tour, you can check those dates here.
Edit: Apparently, I’m not good at checking dates, as I first featured this song in late 2012. Even though I listened to it quite a bit in 2013, I’ve gotta stick to my rules here in making the best of 2013 new songs.
From a city that is defined by its musical exports, Nashville’s very own Wild Cub released their debut album ‘Youth‘ last year fully clad with sounds unfamiliar to the usual churning out of the typical ‘country’ genre. Of course I’m still listening to “Colour” and “Thunder Clatter”? BUT! “Blacktide” is their first release since last year and it dances around holding it’s ground in the new-wave synth-pop arena. Mixed by Eddie Spear, Dabney Morris and Wild Cub, go on and say hello to them again…
Grab the mp3 at KEXP.
“Thunder Clatter” by Wild Cub, from the Nashville, TN bands’ debut album Youth, released on August 14th, 2012 via Big Light Recordings. The video was directed by Will Holland and features the band performing with a multitude of instrument-armed friends.
Wild Cub is centered on DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock (Pico vs. Island Trees, Jessie Baylin, Madi Diaz), and Youth was written and recorded over two months in Bullock’s house, which was turned into a multi-room studio. Produced in collaboration with musician (Tallest Trees) and photographer Dabney Morris, and mixed with Ephraim Nagler (You Are Plural, The Velvet Teen), the album combines live takes and programmed sounds, and was recorded digitally before the files were run through a TASCAM 4-track tape recorder, often used for intimate home demos.