TUNE Wyldest - Island Gardens
The final taste from their forthcoming Hitchhiker EP - out 29th September via Hand In Hive - ‘Island Gardens’ is a typically hazy cut from the talented London trio - songwriter and producer Zoe Mead, multi-instrumentalist Mariin Kallikorm and Jack Gooderham on drums.
Neatly blending empowering shoegaze with infectious dream-pop, Wyldest have been picking-up swathes of noteworthy supporters - from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens to The Independent and SPIN - since they appeared with early demos in 2015, immediately drawing comparisons with the likes of Warpaint, Poliça and Empress Of.
This new track is packed with a bouncing, increasingly crunching, Kate Bush-nodding chorus, which shows off Wyldest at their contagious best and, with Mead writing, performing and producing through the campaign, this new EP signals the band’s exciting intent as we move towards 2018 and their debut full-length album to come.
Of ‘Island Gardens’ Mead explains :
“‘Island Gardens’ is about Carpe Diem and seizing the moment. I started reading a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and was inspired to write a song that reflected on human instincts vs. external expectation. Society brings pressure to follow rules and norms govern the way we live our lives and much of the time we follow a system that prevents us doing what we truly desire. Island Gardens represents the self within an environment - a reminder that perhaps you should enjoy the “garden” around you, but maintain that you are an “island” and you need to fulfil your own desires rather than fitting into the expectations of your surroundings.”