Wild Beasts released their critically acclaimed debut album, Limbo Panto, last November on Domino Records. The band garnered a huge amount of attention in their home country surrounding this release. They made their first live appearance in the U.S. this past March at SXSW. It was this trip that made a splash for Wild Beasts in the U.S. and really made their mark as a promising young band on the rise. Wild Beasts are quickly following up with their sophomore album, Two Dancers, a record that is surely posed to officially break them stateside. It is an album that will further prove Wild Beasts are not just an of-the-moment band who will come and go within the course of three months, but a band of young men with real staying power.
Co-produced by Wild Beasts and northern English enigma Richard Formby in remote Norfolk, UK earlier this year, Two Dancers finds Wild Beasts on fire. Its a record of tightrope-high drama, alive with its sense of possibility, a sound that shimmers and sways in the band’s own mercurial fashion. The band’s performances throughout are pure liquid energy. The needlepoint drama is a result of the band eschewing studio hyper-gloss by playing together in the room - “recorded live, no over thinking” explains Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe. The sound and sensation of a band, to borrow the lyric of "This Is Our Lot," "dancing late / like young reprobates". Two Dancers is a streamlined, minimalist, and user-friendly Wild Beasts, with equal grace and gusto, equally elegant and ugly.
Two Dancers is full of references to the following: booty calls, puckered lips, bodies as perfect machines, and dim-lit streets. LyricallyTwo Dancers is equally energetic and ripe. In "All The King’s Men" Tom Fleming sings with purposeful intent about “Girls from Rodean, girls from Shipley, from Hounslow, girls from Whitby” as Thorpe’s falsetto soars with palpable anticipation. In this song, as on the whole of the album, Wild Beasts dare you to cut loose and be seduced, but you’ll join in on the disorientation along the way.
Wild Beasts have made a record of earthly pleasures that sounds thrillingly widescreen, open and in awe of life; equally intoxicated and disturbed by the possibilities of pleasure. Two Dancers will be released September 8th on Domino Records.
Two Dancers Tracklisting:
01. The Fun Powder Plot
02. Hooting & Howling
03. All The King's Men
04. When I'm Sleepy...
05. We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues
06. Two Dancers (i)
07. Two Dancers (ii)
08. This Is Our Lot
10. Empty Nest