The Tide by Wildlight
Wildlight is a collaboration between Ayla Nereo, a singer whom I’ve just started to follow that covers a diverse world and folk styled music, and David Sugalski aka The Polish Ambassador. The resulting mix is a beautiful blend of electronic pop tracks that are perfectly accented with World music elements and great selection of instruments.
Opener “Rain” sets up things perfectly with a mid tempo pop beat that is covered with synthesised Koto and Ayla singing like a wolf, calling and responding to her cries. In between that there’s a solid pop track too but it’s the mature world fusion elements that really elevate the album as a whole to a top tier album. “Crucible” swaps out koto for hammered dulcimers (my favourite instrument alongside a piano) and some beautifully muted tuned percussion. The result when paired alongside a fast vocal and smooth trip hop beats is phenomenal. It’s like audio silk. “Ours to Give” changes it up for Spanish guitar and just like the dulcimer before, the fluidity of the instrument stops something quite rigid like a four chord keyboard pattern becoming stale as it is dotted around the track to accent lines and motifs. The first two tracks are slightly darker in tone whilst this track has an uplifting chorus and a more ethereal vocal treatment.
Wildlight have genuinely struck gold here with this mix of synth and folk. It’s the perfect blend of each and they compliment their styles really well. Also because the two have such a wide palette to work with, they can really spread their wings further if they work together again. Sleeper hit of 2015? Quite possibly!
~ Higher Plain Music