Wilding goes beyond sonics of a higher power and delivers a masterpiece with Secular Music out April 28 on Friendship Fever
It’s always good to go back home. At least that statement is true for many. For Dave Woody, Wilding is that home he has returned to. With a new album aptly titled Secular Music (I will get to that later), the once frontman for ‘90s sound shifters Fiver, returns back to the foundation of his early 2000s work. It is a work that has drifted, but has found its way back into Woody’s mindset. Out of the limelight, it propelled his work into something beyond what he started with.
Wilding’s music here is unrestrained. It can be stark like light piercing the darkness. And it can be basking in a soft glow, illuminating your mind. Either side of the coin has this band perfecting their sonics.
I love how well the album title sums up the music. This is not a religious album, but it is religious in experience. The songs tend to build a meditative focal point while digging deep into the human condition. “Skin Shells” is my favorite song on this album. Drum beats moving at the speed of a strobe light. Layer on layer on layer of guitars build multi-faceted noise without demeaning from the vocals. And when everything drops, all that is left is contemplative technicality in rhythm. The song is that un-relentless childhood-like bravery.
On the other end of the spectrum, “Haunted Mouth” starts out like post future folk. The song is dark without getting dark. And when the song explodes with the biggest pop hooks in exuberant alternative buzz, it will be that moment when you realize you mind has just been blown.
“VCR’s and Samurai Swords” builds a canto in vocal octave set. The song plays more towards secularism and it is here where you realize how much Woody has developed his own blend of angular philosophy both in sound and symbolism.
Overall, the album is magnificent.