Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Words by Landon Kuhlmann
The Wildwoods know exactly what kind of music they want to make. It's not often we hear a sound this focused. Their singular brand of folk-pop riles up images of young love, innocence, unbridled joy, and the occasional heartbreak. But even the heartbreaks are lined in a comfy flannel of bright, braided colors and cast out upon the backdrop some might call "the bright side of things." Their latest album is "Sweet Nostalgia," and the quaint humanity of their music is captured in that title. The dual voices that sing the songs allow us to believe that everything they feel is universal; feelings and images that are shared among so many. The voices, though, are very different in timbre and delivery, yet mix with each other perfectly. It almost reminded me of The Decemberists, but where they might sing of nautical and coastal dreams, The Wildwoods are Midwestern through and through. Hailing from Nebraska, their songs are unmistakably tied to the landscape around them—and us here in Iowa, for that matter. Take your car out to the longest, loneliest country road you can find and put this band on. Bring a friend or go alone; either way you'll find yourself reminiscing on the good times and finding peace with the bad ones.
The WildWoods Official Site