PILLOW TALKING WITH WILD CHILD

Happy Friday, everyone!
We’re preparing to transition to a new, fancier platform for Austin Eavesdropper next year, and with that comes, new, fancier posts!  Aww yeah.
Below is an album review from Austin Eavesdropper music contributor + my dear friend, Megan, with a few words from me beforehand.  We hope you enjoy today’s musical offering, Wild Child.

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Wild Child has a show this Saturday, and though we’re certainly not the first ones to drool over their debut album “Pillow Talk,” we also know we are far from the last.  Sexy voices.  Sexy banjos.  That’s right, banjos.
(Sexy people, too.)

Here’s Megan with more.
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Take note: the press page for Austin’s own Wild Child is chock full of accolades from the Those Who Proclaim Musical Greatness.  KUT’s Austin Music Minute says Wild Child’s debut, Pillow Talk, is one of the best to be released this year. Indie Shuffle finds them irresistible: ” This 15-track album is one of anthemic proportions.”
Well, shoot.
Indie folk, folks. Come get your indie folk. A baritone ukulele. A violin. A cello. A banjo. BELLS.
Lead singer Kelsey Wilson has that sultry, all-knowing nostalgic tone to her voice that is all the rage these days but certainly isn’t unwelcome. It winds through all songs like a soft, bright ribbon. Co-vocalist (is that a term?) Alexander Beggins is a warm anchor, making me think of the hand at the end of the string that gently guides the kite soaring and darting overhead.
Some of my highlights:
“I’ll Figure You Out” (sounds like a threat, no?) It’s got a hypnotic, waltzy-sway to it.

I’ll Figure You Out

“Real Estate” hurts. That exquisite kind of torture a sad song brings. The fragile strings make me think of Andrew Bird–each note plucked is a plea.

Real Estate

“The Escape” follows one of my favorite formulas: a sparse beginning but catchy hook with one instrument, voices chiming in, another instrument jumps on board, and soon we’re having a party and then the ukulele shows up with a lampshade on his head, and who invited that guy? But no one cares because we’re all having such a good time.

The Escape

Toward the end of the album, the songs take a gradual transformation from tongue-in-cheek to more reflective material. If you asked me to describe the arc of the Pillow Talk in a visual manner, I’d tell you it makes me think of a rainbow. The snappy, peppery red and orange songs sink into deeper hues.
Another bonus: Wild Child’s catchy, uplifting, jangly tunes mask sharp, insightful lyrics that slowly reveal themselves with each additional listen. These are clever people we’re dealing with.

Wild Child’s Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Biggins, courtesy Wild Child Sounds

You get to see them this Saturday at Stubb’s, you know.  Here are the details.
They’re offering samples of their songs, too, on their website, if you want a taste before ordering the full entree. Get yer free download!

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Thank you for a delightful guest post, Megan!

  • Katie G.

    Tolly where did you / Megan get that graphic up top?

    Also, I love your music reviews, Megan!  :)  This one was funny and well-written as usual!  I hope you keep contributing!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Hi Katie, we made it! 

      (And I hope this witty, wonderful gal – Megan – keeps contributing too.)

    • Megan

      Well, shoot, Katie! That makes my day. I have a huge smile on my face right now as I’m writing back to you. Thank you! And Tolly, thank you, too…

  • birdflygood

    Hey Tolly! I’m excited to see what’s in store for AE next year! I also noticed that you worked with Freckled Nest for your layout. Are you continuing to work with them for your next round of changes? I’m all signed up to work with Moorea from Freckled Nest for my first blog “redesign” and I’m really looking forward to it!

    • http://www.austineavesdropper.com Tolly Moseley

      Hey Jennifer!  I sure am!  Love that little crew … just emailed ya about it.  :)

  • Vtorres84

    literally stumbled upon your blog (the name of it helped as I am a austinite living in socal and i miss HOME!) and i lurrve music as well and i just wanted to share my little post about this band i wrote a few months back. keep doing what you are doing girl. it is fab. 

    http://myseafoamdreams.blogspot.com/2011/11/wild-child.html