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Wild International: Lake Tones EP
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On their new, six-song EP, this trio of 20-year-old guys exhibit classic Millennial characteristics: They're fast, noncommittal and easily distracted, with an ease for combining seemingly discordant cultures. A genre-undecided brood, they voyage between the melodies of Afrobeat-inspired indie-pop and the screams of warrior punk. Though these elements suggest exciting, high-energy live performances, the songs themselves have almost no structure, which can make the album feel messy and frustrating.

Opening track "Waterflaws" begins with mellow chants and adds a dance-friendly beat, and "Young Wayfarer" shuffles through rough, noisy rock before launching into a more melodic, clap-happy tribal song. Thankfully, "Dreams" lets you catch your breath during a slow, ethereal beginning. But the tempo picks up and, along with the thrashing of cymbals, brings you back into the chaos you just escaped.

"Mayoridad" closes the album with vocal harmonies and a lovely, repeating chorus of "Let us find each other's hearts again." This song makes me think these guys could experiment with a softer, folkier sound. I certainly wouldn't be disappointed if they veered that direction on their next album.

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