Hers Was as Thunder by Wildlight
After immersing yourself fully into Wildlight’s debut album, a fitting theme quickly emerges. There’s an overt femininity within the daring vocals and chilling ambiances of each track. This isn’t to say Hers Was As Thunder is strictly geared towards females, yet there seems to be a distinct push to explore their pivotal role in the music industry. Not just from the perspective of an artist, but from the soul of a women hoping to level with those who understand their struggle.
The visceral release coalesces two diametric forces, layering the folk-based vocals of Ayla Nereo with David Sugalski’s (The Polish Ambassador) harmonious, downtempo instrumentations. The finished product strikes a chord amongst supporters of both genres, drawing a fine line between two uncommonly mixed bodies of sound. Never shifting too far towards any single attribute, allowing electronic and terrene to complement the other.
While each song possesses a commanding milieu, the album achieves its most endearing effect when applying a minimalist direction. Stripping away distracting drums and unnecessary soundscapes, allowing listeners to focus on Wildlight’s true beauty. This appears most readily on “Twirl Me,” “Rise,” and “Dawn To Flight.” These lush standouts employ absolute simplicity, enabling Nereo’s tear-jerking lyrics to gently nuzzle against Sugalski’s melody driven compositions.
Wildlight’s debut effort self-released via Jumpsuit Records utilizes gentle textures to instill powerful emotions. Nothing is complicated, nothing is overdone. Instead, we witness two musicians channeling their sentiments through docile waves of beauty and breathtaking auras.
~ Jordan Calvano