Wild Beasts - Present Tense

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Present Tense is the fourth studio album by British indie rock band Wild Beasts, released in February 2014 via Domino Recording.

Wild Beasts were an English indie rock band, formed in 2002 in Kendal. The band comprised members from 2005 of Hayden Thorpe (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Little, (guitars), Chris Talbot (drums), and Tom Fleming (vocals, bass, keyboards). They have released five acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto (2008), Two Dancers (2009), Smother (2011), Present Tense (2014) and Boy King (2016). Two Dancers was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The band announced they were disbanding in September 2017.

Following a two-year-long world tour in promotion of their third album Smother (2011), the band admitted to feelings of burn out by the experience and in late 2012 announced that they would take a year off from touring to concentrate on writing and recording a follow-up album.

Seeking a fresh approach, the band chose not to work with long-time producer Richard Formby, who had helmed the recording of Two Dancers (2009) and Smother (2011). Producers Leo Abrahams and Lexxx (who was also involved in the mixing of both records) were brought in to sharpen the band's focus and help them craft songs that continued to pursue the band's shift into electronic and synthesized sounds, yet with a more direct and aggressive feel in comparison to Smother.

The album Present Tense received critical acclaim from music critics. Heather Phares writing for Allmusic concludes:  “…As always, Wild Beasts have one of the finest indie songwriting duos in Thorpe and Flemming, whose styles still complement each other perfectly. Thorpe offers a more poetic interpretation of Present Tense's fascinations with loss and lust, particularly on the gorgeous "Sweet Spot," where he muses on the fleeting perfection "between two hands held in prayer" over sparkling guitars. Meanwhile, Flemming plays the heavy, with songs ranging from the somber "New Life" to the deeply unsettling "A Dog's Life," where lyrics like "Paint its lipstick bright red/Wipe the drool up gently" suggest misdeeds on a Silence of the Lambs level. His strongest moments are somewhere in between: "Nature Boy," which lumbers full of ominous masculinity, is equally cruel and alluring, while "Daughters" gives equal time to threatening femininity. Present Tense isn't as flawless as Smother; it's slightly top-loaded, and occasionally the spare instrumentation borders on monotonous. Still, it's a compelling album that shows Wild Beasts can build on their breakthrough in satisfying and challenging ways…”

Check out the tracks:  Wanderlust”; “A Simple Beautiful Truth”; “Mecca”; and “Palace”.

This LP record is on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with 4 page booklet and digital download, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Wanderlust

4:55

A2

Nature Boy

3:33

A3

Mecca

3:45

A4

Sweet Spot

3:59

A5

Daughters

4:47

B1

Pregnant Pause

3:09

B2

A Simple Beautiful Truth

2:36

B3

A Dog's Life

3:21

B4

Past Perfect

2:57

B5

New Life

4:37

B6

Palace

3:20

 

SKU 887828027910
Record Label Domino Recording Company
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number WIGLP279
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 24 February 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 24 February 2014
Barcode # 887828027910
Shipping Weight 0.3750kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Poly Lined Inner Sleeve, 12"x12" 4 Page Booklet, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Art Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP

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