Wildfyre is a solo act (aka John C. Cribbs) located just outside of Orlando, Florida. The project is a result of ten years of slowly learning different instruments, recording techniques, as well as general production. Although the project is still new with no real accomplishments having been made - besides the recording and release of his first EP Find Your Home, and its successful upload to all major digital distribution sites like Spotify, Pandora and Bandcamp. When Cribbs is not working on music for Wildfyre, a day job helps him out to cover university tuition while he studies civil engineering. Find Your Home is essentially a concept album about Cribbs’ first real heartbreak, and how it made him a better person. Betrayal, isolation, depression, anxiety and recovery are all central themes; as the songs move from dark to light themes. The recording process was simple – in the spare room of his grandma’s house with a hand me down SM57 and no assistance. Hey – sometimes that’s all you need. The album covers a lot of ground mixing several genres, amongst the thoughtful and philosophical singer/songwriter lyrics. A heartfelt letter to readers is available on Bandcamp for all who want to know more about Wildfyre with hopes that his music will help others find solace during difficult times in their lives.
The opener “Jealousy” has a light, bouncing rhythm but its lyrics are anything but happy and light. Judging from the seven-year relationship Wildfyre sings about, it sounds like he went through a very bitter breakup. The backing vocal track makes for a very haunting sound that adds a lot to the “what comes around goes around” vibe this tune is evoking. Next, is the album’s title track and it features a worldly, folkish beat – I really liked it. The lyrics here say that even though you’ve wronged me, Cribbs offers his best wishes – “Girl I hope that your heart finally finds its home.” “A.A” has a unique twist with car and traffic sound effects, rain and then a car crash! As Cribbs begins to sing, you can hear him pour every feeling he has into this song and I might guess, a revealing line at the very end that suggests the real reason for his broken heart. Structurally, I thought this song was very unconventional, but that’s what made this song so appealing and strong.
The lyrics to “Made to Roam” surely offer that “slap in the face” feeling when you read them – “Be my dog and I’ll give you a bone” and “All your arms ever did, was make me feel alone… alone!” But with a realization later – “And this one’s for me / It’s time I started to see.” Next is “Thought of Love” featuring a gentle rhythm, quiet melody and some great layering instrumentation. The lyrics here are pining for a love that will last and “wishing on the falling stars” to make it so. The line “I’m in love with the thought of being in love with you” sums up this number to a tee.
“Things to Learn” takes a detour from where the other song’s styles were coming from. This tune is experimental with elements of rap, hip-hop and electronica. The words suggest that Cribbs needed to take a few steps back in order to reassess his love life, as if he went on some sort of vision quest or pilgrimage. He makes use of the keyboards on this one. “Will You Stay” feels and sounds like a traditional romantic number – light, soft melodies, soft singing and words that could easily be sung by crowds in coffee shops. An all-around likable tune. The last number is “Sing Like the Seasons” and it mostly features Cribbs’ talented finger picking and strumming action on the acoustic. Very clean and solid playing he’s got going on. The song’s happier vibe suggests that the worst parts of a bad breakup are over – it’s time to move on.
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