The Bright Wild are an indie rock/alternative group that consists of a creative collaboration between lead vocalist Roy Shakked and fellow multi instrumentalist Tal Yardeni. After a chance meeting in 2014 they became friends, and they didn’t let living on different continents stop a musical relationship developing.
This five track eponymous EP was recorded in a very modern way; the two members bounced ideas and sound files over the internet, so the songs were not only co-written but co-produced. They brought in some musical cohorts to fill out the music: Lyle Workman (Beck, Sting), Blair Sinta on drums (Damien Rice) and Tim Lefebvre on bass (Tedeschi Trucks Band).
Opening track Supersonic is a perfect example of their unique sound. Starting with lush, atmospheric strings, it progresses into an epic sounding song that blends 80’s pop/rock like Prefab Sprout and Tears For Fears with the ambient, experimental soundscapes of Sigor Ros. Shakked has a perfect voice for the material, powerful yet ethereal worth effective use of falsetto. The lyrics are spiritual and seemingly stream of consciousness: “Supersonic beat in my lifeline… Technicolor dreams in my heart….Awake the dreamer…”
Run With Me is a contrast, set at a languid pace and starting with strummed acoustic guitar. It builds gradually, with an anthemic Coldplay-style chorus: “Run with me, run far away to places we dream of…”. After the third chorus the music ascends to a fireworks-in- the-sky climax of exultant strings. Superb.
Calling You is just as epic but more melancholy in tone, with some nice vocoder style effects on the vocals. It delivers another killer chorus, and any of these first three songs could be singles, if rather lengthy ones. Strange World is more upbeat and a little rockier, and actually brought to mind ELO’s classic Mr. Blue Sky. A fun song.
Final track Hello Again returns to the mid-paced epic style that is their signature sound. It features a particularly fine vocal performance from Roy Shakked, although they are consistently stellar throughout. It’s another romantic lighters in the air moment, and a fine finale.
Overall, this is an exceptionally well written, performed and produced EP. If you didn’t know the back story you would presume it was produced in a million dollar studio, in the usual way. If you quite like Coldplay, but ultimately find their music a little bland, The Bright Wild are guaranteed to light up your world.
Verdict: 9 out of 10