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Following the release of the first two singles, Wild Beasts have given us more insight into their forthcoming Boy King, out August 5th on Domino, with album stunner ‘Celestial Creatures’ – listen HERE. Where ‘Get My Bang’ and ‘Big Cat’ showcased a bold new direction, ‘Celestial Creatures’ channels classic Wild Beasts and features Hayden Thorpe’s angelic voice front and center. Last week, the foursome gave fans a glimpse into the making of the ‘Big Cat’ video, watch the behind-the-scenes footage HERE.
Listen to Celestial Creatures on Spotify HERE
Listen to Celestial Creatures on Apple Music HERE
This follows the videos for ‘Get My Bang’, which can be viewed HERE, and ‘Big Cat,’ which can be viewed HERE.
The band will be in New York following the release of Boy King. They’ll be playing a sold out album release show at Baby’s All Right on Wednesday August 10th.
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Where 2014’s Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Fleming puts it, “back to being pissed off”. The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming’s dueting vocals, Ben Little’s sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot’s potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe’s own psyche. As Hayden himself says, “After five records there had to be an element of ‘what the fuck?'”.
The raw pop of Boy King’s songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe’s libidinous lyricism: “it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male,” he says. “I’m letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I’d tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk.” Here lies Boy King’s greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: “I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It’s about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you’ve got to think about death, they’re one and the same.”
Boy King will be released on heavyweight 12″ vinyl including album download card, with a deluxe edition including a bonus 7″ of two bonus songs available via the Wild Beasts online store. The album will also be released on standard and deluxe CD formats, with the deluxe edition including a 12-page booklet, as well as digital download.