There is something undeniably powerful about delicacy in music. The affective quality of sounds issuing forth like whispers and songs imbued with ethereal intimacy is a potent force, however understated it may seem on the surface.
That’s lovely and all but sometimes what you really need is a big fucking moose of a song. “Born to Ruin,” the lead single from the new album by Toronto’s Wildlife, is that moose in full gear, stampeding toward you like a massive, majestic world of heft.
You can sense those big hooves coming at you right from the start. A wail of guitar feedback lathers itself up behind some big, reverberating drums, then the rest of the band shoves the song forward. Vocalist Dean Povinsky leads with, “Baby, we were born to ruin / With a stake and a storm through the heart,” and the weirdly poetic sentiment meshes perfectly with the track’s swaggering, anthemic feel. “Born to Ruin” calls to mind indie rock outfits who have elevated their sound to a craft–fine acts like The National or Young the Giant who can transform three and a half minutes into a searing, visceral statement about life.
“Born to Ruin” is the second track from On the Heart, the band’s new, excellent sophomore album. Povinsky has described Wildlife’s 2010 debut as “critically acclaimed (but) not so good selling.” Here’s hoping On the Heart intensifies their spotlight and changes the latter half of that equation.
Click here to listen to On the Heart on Spotify.