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Sad Baby Wolf: Electric sounds (Audible Treats, 2013)

Electric Sounds cover art

Que una banda esté formada por antiguos miembros de otra no quiere decir, forzosamente, que el resultado final sea positivo, intentando reverdecer los laureles de aquel primer grupo. Que esté formado por ex-miembros de The Shins casi tiene menos importancia, puesto que las huestes de James Mercer ha sido una fagocitadora de músicos a lo largo de su existencia.
En cualquier caso, Sad Baby Wolf tienen el mismo origen que aquellos: Alburquerque. Sí, esa ciudad de nombre singular.
Su sonido está más cercano al de los primeros Shins (y dale con las comparaciones) que al Shoegazer con el que su discográfica quiere emparentarles (The warnings). Hay aproximaciones, momentos (Survival guide, Electric sounds), pero no pasan de ahí. De hecho, el conjunto de sus ocho temas (es un álbum realmente corto de canciones, aunque no de minutaje), es una especie de búsqueda definida de un sonido propio. Hay acercamientos al Folk más eléctrico (8th. level, Roaming), o al sonido neoyorquino (Bridges, Sad baby wolf).
Un trabajo que, si he de ser absolutamente sincero, se me hace un poco largo, algo cuesta arriba. De aquí hubiera salido un Ep más que interesante.


Albuquerque-based shoegaze quintet Sad Baby Wolf is proud to announce the release of their debut album, Electric Sounds. Composed of two former Shins members- front man Marty Crandall and guitarist Neal Langford– and close musical brethren Jason Ward (guitar), Maury Crandall (drums), and Sean McCullough (bass), the band has been slowly working their way towards a debut album over the past year. That moment is now as Electric Sounds is released to critical acclaim from outlets like SPINSYFFALStereo SubversionMSNAOL Spinner, and more. Available digitally via iTunes and Amazon, the band has also pressed up 300 limited edition purple marbled-vinyl 12″ records, which are available through their Bandcamp.
The album is short and sweet 8-song batch of fuzz-tinged dreamy melodies. Tracks like “Electric Sounds” and “8th Level” illustrate the band’s ability to create sincere and captivating songs which, as Crandall describes it, are inspired by “the fading high we share with people in our lives.” There’s an air of longing and intimacy that pervades the recording, probably because it was produced by the band at bassist Sean McCullough’s studio during a cold winter of struggle to perfect their maturing sound”  (Audible Treats)

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Sad Baby Wolf: Never understand (JMC Cover, 2013)

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Sad Baby Wolf: Electric sounds (2013)

Electric Sounds“Hailing from the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, indie rockers Sad Baby Wolf are excited to announce the release of their debut album, Electric Sounds, on 4/9. Formed by lead singer Marty Crandall after ten years with The Shins, the band is a homecoming project with longtime friends that has steadily been building momentum. After playing Daytrotter, Noise Pop, and touring the West Coast last year, the band has finally crafted their debut album and today is proud to release the title track “Electric Sounds.” 
In 2010, Crandall teamed up with fellow former-Shin Neal Langford on guitar to play a benefit show for an ailing friend. The ephemeral group quickly grew into something more permanent with long-time friend and local guitar hero Jason Ward,Crandall’s younger brother Maury Crandall on drums, and finally bassist Sean McCullough. Sad Baby Wolf was born. “We vibed really well together, and songwriting came naturally,” recounts Crandall, “I found that ideas I had been knocking around were quickly becoming realized songs when brought to the table with the boys.” The exhilaration of the collaboration resulted first in the release of two singles; “8th Level” and “Survival Guide” in late 2011, and set the stage for their tour with Specer Krug’s new project Moonface. Along the way, they’ve stopped to record a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Everything Is” before delving into the studio to bring their debut album to fruition. 
“It was the five of us working in an unheated, chilly studio in January” – says Crandall – “Many evenings were spent sitting around a propane heater, eating pizza and laughing and dreaming about what this band could do.” This camaraderie of seasoned veteran musicians with such youthful exuberance is what characterizes the group. With bassist Sean McCullough also helming the mixing board and producing, it was an involved and intimate process. “We mixed and mixed and re-mixed until we had things just right. We spent months on that process alone,” recollects Crandall, “and now we are truly excited to be offering it to the world.” 
For Crandall, the title track “Electric Sounds” is about, “the fading high we share with people in our lives.” Citing the lines, “Then when it’s time we’ll say goodbye forever / we’ll drift into space or some magical place together” as particularly poignant for him, the song throbs and swells with shoe gazey guitars coupled with a shimmering landscape of distant but discernable vocals. The song was brought to life in what Crandall remembers was an exhilarating writing process. “It was one of the first songs that really sounded huge to us. It made us all excited about what this project could bring.” (Press)

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