WILD PINK – ” A Billion Little Lights “

Posted: October 1, 2021 in MUSIC
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Wild Pink’s sophomore album, 2018’s Yolk in the Fur, cemented their reputation for contemplative lyrics in the style of early Death Cab for Cutie melded with the surrealistic highway anthems of the War on Drugs. The New York band’s follow-up, “A Billion Little Lights”, enlists producer David Greenbaum—who’s won Grammys for his work on two Beck albums—as well as a host of guest musicians. Julia Steiner of Chicago’s Ratboys lends a lilting vocal harmony to breakup strummer “You Can Have It Back,” while “The Shining But Tropical” has a trippy majesty, like if Tame Impala remixed a vintage E Street Band outtake. Fittingly, frontman John Ross has said, “I wanted to have something very lush and just bigger than anything that I’d done before.

With this album, I really wanted to put a period to the sentence I started in 2017,” said Ross. “It was always my goal to make records that got increasingly bigger and more sweeping and cinematic. I feel like A Billion Little Lights is really the third album of a trilogy. From here, I’ll make a pivot to exploring different sounds and ideas now that this project is, in a way, complete.”

Ross always wrote songs that felt skyward and sprawling, but he’s never quite approached the heights he scales on A Billion Little Lights.

Wild Pink’s new studio album A Billion Little Lights is their first for Royal Mountain Records. Frontman John Ross explores that dichotomy of finally achieving emotional security—of accepting the love and peace he deprived himself of in his twenties—while also feeling existentially smaller and more directionless than ever before. The record is a two-pronged triumph: an extraordinary reflection on the human condition presented through the sharpest, grandest, and most captivating songs Wild Pink have ever composed. A Billion Little Lights is Wild Pink’s third album, their first since 2018’s acclaimed Yolk in the Fur, and their debut on Royal Mountain Records. It’s also the Brooklyn trio’s most nuanced and consistently satisfying release yet, a collection of anthemic, Americana-infused rock songs that, more than ever, justify the band’s comparisons to The River-era Springsteen torchbearers like The War on Drugs.

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