One of my highlights of last year was being introduced to a little band known as Wilderness. Their self-titled album released in 2004 sounded like an 80s post-punk band who was toying with a little post-rock; sounding somewhat akin to many current 80s revivalist bands, yet somehow transcending them. At the time of its release, the band only received brief exposure, as several major music sites didn't even notice the record. Fortunately, the band is releasing their second album Vessel States in April, which builds on the ideas and styles brought forth in their debut album. With the band's dreamy, atmospheric melodies and singer James Johnson's emphatically over-enunciated, deconstructive prose, the band sounds like David Byrne fronting Explosions in the Sky, creating music so simple and amazing that it's simply amazing.
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