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Wild Beasts – “Woebegone Wanderers II”

Earlier tonight, Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe co-hosted Jon Hopkins’ BBC Radio 1 Residency, and he debuted an unreleased Wild Beasts song called “Woebegone Wanderers II.” The track, which was recorded around the time of last year’s Present Tense, serves as a continuation of the Limbo, Panto track of the same name. You can listen to… More »

By: James Rettig / April 16, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Darkstar & Hayden Thorpe – “Temporary Secretary” (Paul McCartney Cover)

Paul McCartney’s 1980 synth bugout “Temporary Secretary” has long been regarded as one of the weirdest and possibly best songs of the man’s solo career. And as an appropriately random one-off, the UK electronic pop trio Darkstar has teamed up with Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe to record their own version of the song. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 9:28 am

Watch Wild Beasts Play “Wanderlust” On A Giant Old Pipe Organ

British art-rockers Wild Beasts’ “Wanderlust” single is almost a year old now, but today we get to hear it in a completely different way. Thanks to reasons that have something to do with Phillips, a camera crew recently recorded the band playing an extended version of the song at London’s Royal Festival Hall, with Hayde… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2014 - 10:12 am

Hear Two Unreleased Wild Beasts Songs In A “GIF-Novel” From Jameson

Wild Beasts have teamed up with French artist Mattis Dovier to create a graphic novel made entirely of GIFs. The project was created for The Jameson Works, a portfolio of artistic works sponsored by the whiskey company. Two new Wild Beasts songs — “Soft Future” and “Blood Knowledge” — soundtrack the novel, which you navigate… More »

By: James Rettig / December 10, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Wild Beasts – “Palace” Video

Wild Beasts have shared a new video for “Palace,” a track off of their latest album Present Tense, which was released earlier this year. The video sees the band members playing in the center of a colorful circle as different elements are introduced via a spotlight. “The idea of the video was to match the… More »

By: James Rettig / November 3, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Wild Beasts – “Palace (Foals Remix)”

British art-poppers Wild Beasts are into remixes. They dropped their Present Tense LP earlier this year, and since then, they’ve recruited people like Factory Floor, the Field, Lone, and SOHN to rework its tracks. And on a forthcoming Present Tense special edition, they’ll include a full bonus disc of nothing but remixes. One of those… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2014 - 10:29 am

Artist Portraits From Pitchfork Festival 2014

This past weekend, Pitchfork Festival went down in Chicago, and it included a great deal of excellent acts. We sent our photographer Max Herman to capture some behind-the-scenes portraits of artists around the festival. Above you’ll find photos of DIIV, Deafheaven, Giorgio Moroder, and more. More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014 - 11:16 am

Wild Beasts – “Mecca (SOHN Remix)”

British art-rockers Wild Beasts are about to release “Mecca,” a grand and majestic song from their grand and majestic new album Present Tense, as a single, and they’ve lined up remixes from Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins and slinky British producer SOHN, who released his debut album Tremors earlier this year. On his remix, SOHN… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2014 - 9:56 am

Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

Glastonbury, the world’s biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Interpol,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Wild Beasts – “Mecca” Video

Wild Beasts tend to make good videos, and the British art-rockers have a new one, for “Mecca,” a song from their powerful new album Present Tense. Kate Moross directed this one, and it plunges the band into a gooey, kaleidoscopic landscape. That, by itself, is nothing new, but the difference this time is that the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2014 - 9:32 am

Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth (Lone Remix)”

Earlier this year Wild Beasts released their very good fourth album Present Tense. We recently saw the music video for its “A Simple Beautiful Truth,” and now that’s been given a smooth remix by producer Lone. It’s good timing because Lone is getting ready to drop a new album, which sounds promising based on “2More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 23, 2014 - 11:18 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I came so close to including the Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger’s “Animals” video this week, partly because it’s good on its own merits and partly because “eyelinered Jodorowskian hippie cult leader” is a way better look for Sean Lennon than “Cibo Matto bassist” or “guy in the East Village X-Large store waiting for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth” Video

Wild Beasts’ great new album, Present Tense, was preceded by a pair of tracks, “Wanderlust” and “Sweet Spot,” and now that the LP is available (and you should get it, because it’s really fantastic), the band is releasing as a single the album track “A Simple Beautiful Truth” along with a surrealistic video directed by… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 8, 2014 - 10:24 am

Photos: Wild Beasts @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 3/4/14

Wild Beasts have been the source of an enormous amount of great music lately. Aside from their outstanding new album, Present Tense, there have been remixes of their songs by such wildly different artists as Factory Floor and The Field, not to mention recent covers of Leonard Cohen and Miley Cyrus. And, of course, they… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 5, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Watch Wild Beasts Cover Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”

A ton of people — HAIM, Angel Haze, London Grammar, Sondre Lerche — have covered Miley Cyrus’s world-beating tearjerker “Wrecking Ball,” and there’s a reason for that; it’s a fucking great song. Our latest “Wrecking Ball” interpreters are British art-rockers Wild Beasts, who did a trebley acoustic version of the song while they were doing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2014 - 9:46 am

Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust (The Field Remix)”

The just-released fourth album by Wild Beasts, Present Tense, begins with the pummeling synth-war of “Wanderlust,” and the furious sentiment, “Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a fuck.” That fierceness carries on throughout Present Tense, but the album’s opener has been given a nice new balance by Alex Willner, aka the Field, a master… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 28, 2014 - 7:03 am

Wild Beasts – “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” (Leonard Cohen Cover)

British art-rock greats Wild Beasts drop their new album dark, tingling Present Tense today and further prove that they’re the closest thing to Talk Talk that we have right now. We’ve posted their songs “Wanderlust” and “Sweet Spot,” but not everything the group has recorded recently made it onto the album. In a new DJ… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 9:20 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Pretty much everything east of the Mississippi has been brought to its knees by this unforgiving winter, especially the hellstorm that rolled in this week. It’s hard to believe February is even now only half over — 14 days down, 14 to go — harder still to picture it ever coming to an end. Fortunately… More »

By: Stereogum / February 14, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Wild Beasts – “Sweet Spot”

Wild Beasts forthcoming Present Tense is a truly fucking gorgeous, spacious, sexy, dark record. If you’re into stuff like Slowdive’s Pygmalion or Spirit Of Eden-era Talk Talk or David Sylvian, you will be into this, too. (Of course, if you’re into that stuff, you’re probably already eagerly awaiting Present Tense, and if you’re not into… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 12, 2014 - 7:12 am

Wild Beasts – “Wanderlust (Factory Floor Remix)”

On the new Wild Beasts single “Wanderlust,” frontman Hayden Thorpe memorably sings, “Don’t confuse me with someone who gives a fuck.” You can tell he’s being real with it because his band commissioned a Factory Floor remix. The squiggly London house-goth trio has turned” Wanderlust” into an industrial-tinged seven-minute jitterfest, and you can hear their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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