Review by: Sarah Vardy
Photos by: Courtney Chavanell

I couldn’t stop listening to the new album Fools from Wild Child. It’s much more than just a break up album. It’s a milestone record for contemporary folk-pop/indie rock. It kicks into gear akin to a polished and inviting production from Arcade Fire with the mighty title track Fools. There’s a bunch of awesome musical elements firing in unison here before vocalist/violinist Kelsey Wilson even chimes in, lending it to an epic, pop-orchestral sound. The musical build up falls to the wayside as Wilson leads the charge with immensely personal lyrics and a woefully outstanding pop-jazz vocal tone, filled with character. Wilson ushers in assured engagement as the beautifully crafted lyrics lead you into a land of commitment and love. Sad and at the same time self-preserving and poignant observations of coping mechanisms to deal with relationship turmoil are painted so sweetly throughout the compilation.

There’s a definitive pop-tone to the second track The Cracks, contrasted with some quirky banjo. The harmonies between Wilson and Alexander Beggins are impressively lush. The song again impresses on listeners a bittersweet tone intertwined with breathtaking orchestral components and production elements. Each track takes you on a rollercoaster story that tugs at your heartstrings. The song Bullets branches out with some very comely strings and sparse instrumentation. This builds into a progressive, self-affirming story. The tune Stones has a radical break down section that is totally awesome! Bringing in some stellar horns provoking you to jump around in your britches. Meadows harbours a sombre and hauntingly stunning chorus. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the album. I confess I’ve already listened to all the songs more than twice; Meadows a little on repeat. The line ‘Could You Rid Your Devils…’ is such a wonderful lyric. The bridge really kicks the track up reminiscent to Florence + The Machine needling you to turn it up belt it out at the top of your lungs with Wilson. Break Bones has a Sia type feel to it, especially the syncopated and soaring chorus. It is really hard to not listen and feel each and every word on this record. The production elements are superbly thought out. Take It peels back to a more swagger, swaying, soul feel similar to Lianne La Havas. Saving Face is the only duet on the album. The divergence between Wilson and Beggins’ voices is charming. The string solo is fun too. Reno is a tale of a long-distance relationship. It’s a likely reality most go through with their lovers and Wild Child tell the saga without distraction. Oklahoma is a catchy song that reminds me a little of Angus & Julia Stone’s attractive melodies. Put on your dancing shoes for Bad Girl! Bad Girl has a fun, celebratory tone, unlike the nostalgic tunes preceding it. The last track Trillo Talk has a honeyed, moving melody and serves as an apt finisher telling the story of the end of a relationship and the necessity to find self-love/respect.

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