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While you might know John Ross as the frontman of the band Wild Pink, he’s also got quite an impressive body of solo work under the moniker Eerie Gaits. After releasing two EPs, his dreamy full-length debut, 2017’s Bridge Music, floored us. He turned back to Wild Pink for a while afterwards, for the stunning Yolk In The Fur album in 2018 — one of the best albums of that year — and the 5 Songs EP last March. But now, Ross is ready to delve back into his solo territory. Today, he is announcing the latest Eerie Gaits album, which is called “Holopaw”. The name is taken from a town that Ross grew up near, and it’s expected for release in mid-April.

To sweeten the announcement, Ross is sharing the album’s excellent lead single. “What’s Eating You” falls in the same ambient indie rock vibe that much of his work has traversed. It’s a bit more Wild Pink-like than anything else we’ve heard from Ross’s solo endeavors. Grounded by a plucky bassline and glimmering guitars but incorporating some roomy drums and zig-zagging synths, everything comes together here for a blissful effect. The track concludes with some atmospheric crickets and birds as the synth melody evaporates into a warbling ruckus.

Eerie Gaits ‘Holopaw’ out April 2020 on sound as language records

New York band Wild Pink released one of 2017’s strongest debut albums with their self-titled effort, but frontman John Ross isn’t ready to take a break just yet: He released an ambient solo album as Eerie Gaits last year, and now Wild Pink is already back with their second album: The band just announced that Yolk In The Fur and the opening single “Lake Eerie,” a bright alt-country single that manages to work in some of the grunge edge found on their debut album, although it definitely doesn’t focus on it. Ross said of the track, “This song is about growing up and moving on and about the struggle to not get caught up in anything that doesn’t really matter. It’s also for the Western New Yorkers in my life.”

I was a fan of this indie band’s 2017 debut, which applied mid-tempo emo dynamics to John Ross’ autobiographical storytelling songs. On the forthcoming Yolk In The Fur (out July 20), Wild Pink gets expansive, playing invigorating wide-screen synth rock that recalls Ross’ classic-rock heroes like Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. This nouveau heartland rock sensibility comes across most vividly in “Lake Erie,” which will surely go down as the year’s best War On Drugs song in a year without a new War On Drugs record.

Wild Pink “Yolk In The Fur” out July 2018 on Tiny Engines Records