Wild Cub’s debut LP Youth has quickly jumped on top of my list of favorite albums of 2012, after only discovering the band recently. The Nashville outfit captures moods very well, as is shown in the amount of emotional ground covered on Youth.
One minute you have a restrained dance song such as “Straight No Turns,” and then you skip directly to a song like “Drive,” which sounds like a faraway lullaby you’d hear in your head in a field somewhere. On “Drive,” the vocals echo above the reverb filled guitars and seem to be reminding the listener of their already decided fate: driving off into the distance. The melodic background vocals sound beautiful with the raspy singing voice of Keegan DeWitt.
This song, “Hidden in the Night,” is a mix of both styles, with a electronic drum beat groove and some singing/arranging that would make Phil Collins proud. It’s hard not to get sucked into this tune. It just so happens that DeWitt has be known to score soundtracks to movies, and this is no surprise to me because the whole album moves at the pace of a narrative story, with different scenes and context providing for one whole experience. I highly suggest grabbing this one soon, as it’s a pleasure to listen to all the way through.