TOTD: Wildeor “The Devil Makes Three”

So much about this song makes it perfect for me to absolutely get engrossed in today. If you didn’t know, my wife and I are currently in Ireland for a couple of weeks. This is the perfect song for navigating one lane backroads while overlooking sheer rock cliffs that drop into the Atlantic. Another reason is that I have been listening to the band, Devil Makes Three, so much since arriving here. While they and Wildeor are two totally different vibes, they are a perfect combination for a really unique show put on by two sets of phenomenal storytellers.

Wildeor has a style that I would call modern Celtic folk (copyright pending), and they absolutely crush it. The song starts out with a very minimalistic melody, but takes on a new life when Megan Brickwood’s pure and pitch perfect voice rolls on top of the now secondary instruments. The instrumentation is complex enough to give it life with cellist, Mark Bassett, and percussionist, Caleb Conner, understanding that they are setting the stage for Megan with the music and the extraordinary gang vocals they provide starting at :45.

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I talk about this all the time, but I’m going to say it again. I really enjoy bands who know that to accomplish the perfect song, they have to understand their purpose. This is a band who knows what their purpose is. They know that they each bring something very special to the table, and that to make everything gel, they have to strike a balance. I have listened through their whole self-titled EP, and every song has that balance. Nobody seems to be stretching for that extra 15 seconds, and listeners can usually tell and appreciate that. This is such a strong debut EP from the LA based band, and we here at B-Side can’t wait to see what’s next for them.

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