Wylderness — Release Shimmering New Single "Wet Look" || New Album Out This July

A shining second look into their long-awaited sophomore album, Wylderness has unveiled a clangorous new single: “Wet Look”.

Arriving like a thin ribbon of sunshine cutting through an ash-grey sky, Wylderness’ latest offering “Wet Look” blends doomy shoegaze sensibilities with brighter, more rhythmic moments that echo the pull of the coming summer months.

Changing tack from the punk-infused earlier single “Centre of Gravity” — the band’s first in almost four years — the mesmerising new cut nods to the likes of DIIV and Sonic Youth but adds a woozy and infectious Wylderness spin.


Fuzzy and lo-fi feeling at times, but polished and pop-tinted at others, the band explains of the new track: “We found these old books by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata at second-hand furniture and nick nack store in Cardiff. Pretentiously, the books ended up inspiring a few of the songs on our new album and this one in particular. It’s about what it means to get some connection back with nature when we’ve become estranged from it. The title draws inspiration from 90s hair gel, the almost inevitable result of encountering rainfall when climbing a mountain in Wales — and embracing it.”

Recorded at Giant Wafer Studios on a farm in rural mid-Wales and with vocals and overdubs added at Andy Ramsay (Stereolab)’s Press Play Studio in London, the track seeks to embody this contrast between the buzz of the city and the stillness found in nature.


Alongside earlier single “Centre of Gravity” — a curveball track with stabbing punk sensibilities and a frantic undercurrent of fuzzy reverb — “Wet Look” comes as another glimpse into Wylderness’ confirmed second album ‘Big Plans for a Blue World’ produced by Rory Atwell and due 15 July 2022, via Succulent Recordings. Recorded between Andy Ramsay of Stereolab’s London studio and a farm in rural Wales, the release sees Wylderness build upon the foundations of their eponymous 2018 debut with an expanded lineup and a more complex approach to instrumentation, with the addition of vintage synths and clarinet.

With its title inspired by a fictional David Bowie song and a bizarre dream, vocalist and guitarist Marz says of ‘Big Plans for a Blue World’:

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