Wild Daydream is led by Simeon Williams. The Dallas, TX-based singer/songwriter has been investing his time in DIY bedroom recordings since 2013. In 2015, Williams co-founded the group The Black Hills with Grant Mcmahan. While playing in The Black Hills, Williams became interested in the world of folk and folk rock music. Wild Daydream was born in 2018 through his love of old folk and rock music from the ‘60s/’70s. The band is releasing their self-titled album Wild Daydream debut.
There is something idyllic about the moniker yet there is nothing idyllic about the music which covers the punch of the Beatles, the storytelling of Dylan, the suavity of the Stones and the adventure of the Beach Boys. The sound traverses down directly to folk and classic rock territory. Honing an irresistible energetic pulse, the music will have listeners bobbing their heads and tapping their toes in no time.
With a wild, carefree sound, these tracks are played with abandon. I could really feel the raw energy pulsating with its enthused and amped vibes. These songs will really make you want to get up and dance or just move around in your seats.
Wild Daydream opens with “Children Of Allison,” that starts off with a riotous bang to a wall of powerful guitars. A smattering of drums, organ, bass, guitars and percussions makes an impression on this track. This song is a sauntering ride down the folk genre filled with a big bustling vibe that harkens to a bluesy pulse. The vocals are bolstered in reverb, giving off an echo-y appeal. The electric guitars peal with resoluteness.
On “Man & The Sky,” deft strumming on the acoustic guitar starts off this track. This is mainly an acoustic song. The vocals are alone accompanied by the acoustic guitar. The sound is stripped-down. Next, a wall of electric guitars joins in giving off a fuller band vibe along with drums, percussions and bass. The cadence is melodic and catchy filled with upbeat riffs. A melodic flow adheres itself on this song. A psychedelic electric guitar solo ensues.
“Three Men From Damacus” starts off to numerating on the acoustic guitar. The strumming is deft and dynamic. With mellow and laid-back sounds, the minimal arrangements are simply rendered with just the lone sounds of the acoustic guitar with vocals. A sizzling sound comes from the percussions, adding a more amped pulse.
On the closer “Good Company,” the horns start off this track. An acoustic guitar melody sidles in. The tune is striking and dynamic. This is mainly an acoustic song with simply the acoustic guitar supporting the vocals. The electric guitars join in. A fuller band vibe comes from the drums, bass and percussions. This is an upbeat and catchy song with a melodic pulse. A melodious piano tune course through.
A sauntering ride down the folk genre, this is a boisterous record filled with rioting tunes that harken straight from the ‘60s-‘70s era. With a happening retrograde vibe, these affable tracks traverse vintage territories while also adapting a more modernized purpose. Careening between both worlds with fervor, Williams has an ear for oldies tunes that encapsulates the time adding in his own spice to the works.
Reworking raw rhythms and bass into these retro-inspired materials, Williams combines his love of folk and rock into this rocking ride that surely does these genres justice. The earnest lyrics, evocative vocals and amped music filled with high-tail energy is just the right melding to earn the album repeatable listens.
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