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High Wolf: Growing Wild


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From Pitchfork:
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“The repetitive, hypnotic music made by High Wolf—the alias of a French man known only as Max—has until now sounded murky and mysterious, as if recorded underwater. So the hyper-clarity of “Wild at Heart”, the first track on Growing Wild, is bracing, like walking into sunlight after spending hours in a dark movie theater. His sources of inspiration have shifted, too. Previous records leaned toward Indian-inflected, raga-like drones, but here he’s tripping on electronic African music—there’s some Konono No.1 in the track’s fuzzy chiming—and even a bit of dubby dancehall. What makes “Wild at Heart” still recognizable as High Wolf is the way Max modifies and massages his seemingly-endless cycles. His percussion loops, recurring riffs, and pulsing blips all cross in and out of each other, turning what could be tediously redundant into a restless mélange of intersecting lines. Squint and you can even make out some complex IDM shapes, like Autechre gone funky. But the heart of “Wild at Heart”, as with all of High Wolf’s music, is simple repetition, unspooled like a life-affirming mantra.”
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Growing Wild is out June 9 on Leaving Records; listen to “Wild At Heart” below.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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