The Lonely Wild – “Chasing White Light” Album Review

The Lonely Wild
Chasing White Light
Los Angeles, CA
(EOne Music/Fast Plastic)

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The Lonely Wild’s follow-up to The Sun As It Comes is a modern-day Requiem, pulling from Andrew Carroll’s experience with the death of his wife’s grandmother last year. This time of reflection brought up remembrances of a childhood friend who died after growing apart in “Scar,” culminating in a dealing-with-loss song cycle.

The cycle starts with “Snow” and its galloping “7 And 7 Is” beat before taking turns reminiscent of Coldplay, Guided By Voices and an Arcade Fire-ish Airborne Toxic Event. Working with John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone Studios, the album moves from acoustic to power guitar-driven mania before going into dense string arrangements. It all works together to create a modern Rock Opera meant to be heard in one round. Highly recommended: a masterwork.

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