Sometimes we have days where just need a good ‘ol dose of ‘happy music’ and Wild Party is more than willing to fulfill that role. The San Antonio, Texas quartet bottles up all the things that make you smile in life in their debut album Phantom Pop and it is without a doubt a huge stepping stone into the competitive world of indie-pop.
If there were ever an album to be the utter definition of the ‘indie-pop’ genre Phantom Pop certainly dominates. Witty verses, fluid transitions and attention commanding (with extremely subtle distortions) vocals from frontman Lincoln Kriefels lead the listener on a journey that causes them lose themselves so much in the music that it comes to a shock when they realize that the album has already made a full loop. While it incorporates the usual instrumental trends of the genre (electronic keyboards, xylophones, and harmonizing percussion and guitars) Wild Party plays around with tambourines and slight banjos (especially in “When I Get Older” and “First Two Days With You”) without treading into a folk-ier state. The focus on peppy tempos and infectious lyrics (“Outright,””Connect The Dots”) rivals the styles of Foster The People (“Walkin'”), Neon Trees (“Violet”), Hellogoodbye (“Take My Advice”) and Young The Giant (“New Light”), which in turn truly gives them a fighting chance.
Wild Party takes singsongy to a whole new level where it gives their music a quirky and amicable tone rather than being cutesy. “Nicely Done” plays with pseudo-do woppy, American Authors-esque qualities in their track about how “everyone’s confound to make it in this town by taping up their frown” while “Life’s Too Short” harmonizes perfectly with attention-grabbing guitar riffs, light drums and energetic keyboards. Lines like “life’s too short to survive/too short for goodbyes/take direction toward concerns/I’ll be patient in return” pretty much sum up the notion that we shouldn’t keep dwelling on the unimportant stuff when there’s a whole world out there to be experienced. Both tracks have a relatability to them that can draw in a listener who may be trying to discover what they’re looking for out of life.
Need some road trip music? Kickback jams? Something to belt out while cooking dinner? Wild Party’s Phantom Pop is perfect for all of that and more. Its happy-go-lucky musicality can easily turn a crappy day into a less crappy one and Kriefels’ charismatic vocals pull you into the colorful scenarios created by its lyrics. Wild Party is a hidden gem among the indie-pop loving crowd and I wouldn’t be surprised if the hipsters of the world claimed them as ‘their band’ really, REALLY soon.