Wilder Maker

Gabriel Birnbaum, lead singer of Wilder Maker, has his first solo album on the way via Arrowhawk Records. Based on these first couple of tracks, this album is gonna be a winner. The music feels warm and lived in. Do I know what that means? No. Do I like these tunes? Yes. Here’s some more info from the PR squad.

A perpetual outsider and working musician since his teens who’s spent more birthdays than not sleeping on a floor far from home, Gabriel Birnbaum steps out under his own name for the first time on Not Alone, an LP of songs inspired by the brilliant session players in the Wrecking Crew and their contributions to LPs like Jim Sullivan’s UFO and John Phillips John the Wolf King of L.A. After years of chasing the dream and narrowly escaping a season of terrifyingly catatonic depression, Birnbaum bought himself a birthday present – a few days in the studio with a top notch band of good friends. A few months later, newly in love and feeling like a man saved by a last minute pardon, he cut the LP in your hands – nine songs of classic American music straight from the heart, suitable for everyday use.

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Wilder Maker is a band that I feel like I’ve been meaning to post about it for a while now. But due to my feeble brain and increasingly busy schedule, I’ve forgot. Anyway, they’re going to be at Sleeping Village tonight with local favorites, ROOKIE. You may see me there if I can stay awake that late. Anyway, here’s some info on the two tracks.

“Infinite Shift” is a track brimming with the churning, unending energy of NYC, propelled by Sean Mullins’ drums and full of a teenage sense of yearning for something more, some entry into the mysterious adult world of taxis gliding through Manhattan streets in the early morning. It’s about being drunk on new york, drunk on the future, and builds to a shattering and euphoric instrumental climax.

“Black Wood Shine” is dreamy and moody, composed of only vocals (run through guitar pedals for extra disorientation) and one electric guitar. Black Wood Shine is the moment when a relationship between two people is over even as they remain seated next to each other, feeling the rift. What if love is not enough? “I love you / but I’m killing you / I can see / it’s you or me.”

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Wilder Maker is here

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