LOUDER REVIEWS: 'The Wild Turns' - The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name
Often, an artist's oldest songs are the ones that they are the least keen to continue playing live, as their sound and musical influences develop over time. However, for a track to have survived not only several years on the live circuit, but also a shift from an acoustic solo project to the band becoming a three-piece, it must have something special.
And that is certainly the case for 'The Wild Turns', both the latest release and the oldest track from true-rock trio The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name.
A cathartic sense of giving the darkness inside you space to breathe and be heard rather than letting it mount up and boil over is a hallmark of this band, yet this time it is encased in a much softer shell. Melancholy guitars weep through the opening notes, as the song surges and falls into a full-bodied verse that washes over you in waves of palpable emotion. The harmonies in the chorus give it a more airy softness, which is only disturbed by the slightly off-kilter cut vocals at the end of alternate lines - other than that small jolt, the soft rollicking of the melody makes this the perfect lighter-waving ballad. Lyrically, the track alternates between beautifully introspective and cuttingly simple and candid; while the ethereal ringing of the guitars in the bridge keeps tight hold of your attention, as the track fades into the realms of the unearthly. A classic case of 'if it ain't broke, keep playing it'!
Check out the video for 'The Wild Turns' below:
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The Wolf Howls When I Scream Your Name's latest EP, 'Where Flies Will Reign' is out now as a self-release - stream the record here.