Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Noah Evan Wilson reaches into the timeless classic and contemporary folk/Americana genres on a heartfelt collection of songs entitled Rewild – his first EP to follow up his 2017 single “Lost is Seoul” (which by the way, I recommend you listen to). All songs were written and produced by Wilson in 2014 and deal with memory, truth and as he points out on his Bandcamp site – “the reconciliation of the roles we play in our own narratives with the roles we play in the narratives of others.” Musically, the songs mix up acoustic riffs and a little rock along with lyrical poetry. Wilson is also a member of the New York City based band Origami Crane.
The opening “Rewrites” features plenty of good acoustic sounds with a gentle, rolling beat. A song that weaves a story about memories lost and memories yet to come – “it’s the rewrite I wanna know.” Musically, a few elements remind me of early John Mayer. “Rewilding” has a very interesting arrangement and breaks in the song. Some sounds and beats have this organic, world-beat flavor – like Middle Eastern I would say. Christopher Robin Donaldson accompanies Wilson on this number.
“Ghost Song” has that good, spooky and mythic flavor with twanging guitar that harkens images of tumbleweed across a dry desert. It’s a spoken word poem about questions and concerns in life – “fate is what we stand on” sums up this tune quite well. “Non-fiction” features Isabella Uhl singing backup with Wilson and Donaldson helping out a second time. I really like the line – “another man with a handful of stories / read them all / take them one at a time.” It seems to be a song about figuring out one’s place in life or as Wilson sings – “to see this one through.”
Here’s to the wild narratives that play out in our own lives and to Wilson’s next musical venture.
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