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Check out 'Forest Fire EP' from killer indie-pop band Wishes and Thieves #SoundCheck

Equal parts driving/danceable and spacey/chill, Wishes and Thieves' latest Forest Fire EP is a perfect peace of dreamy indie pop. The band is anchored by a rhythm section that seems determined to steal Bloc Party's crown of superhuman tightness (because obviously art is a competition, right? Oh. Right.) Dreamy synths wash over the songs painting everything with the surreal colors of expired film. Lead singer Jolanda Porter presides over the band, simultaneously cool and intense, like the love-child of Karen O and Beth Gibbons.

Wishes and Thieves are masters of the fake-out. Title track “Forest Fire” teases a cathartic explosion for most of it's sublime running time. It simmers, always hinting at an epic rock-out that only sort of ever comes. “Let You In” rides a miles-deep groove beneath Jolanda's staccato vocals. Like everything else the band does, it's a bundle of contradictions. Sexy and a little sad. Ethereal but a little heavy. This is music for rainy afternoons but also dance parties.

The EP is wall to wall single-worthy tracks. If the closing track “Train” isn't a huge hit within the year, there is no justice in the world. You can pick it up via iTunes.

- Words by Nathan Leigh

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Tags: Alternative, And, Check, Download, EP, Fire, Forest, Indie, Pop, Sound, More…Thieves, Wishes

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Comment by Nathan Leigh on January 2, 2013 at 7:08pm

@poa, isn't the whole point of DIY that what matters is the quality of the writing and the authenticity / sincerity? Some of the best recordings in punk/indie/diy history have been done on little more than a cassette recorder. I'd rather listen to something like the MC5 Back In The USA which was accidentally pressed with everything below about 200hz totally missing any day of the week than the latest Justin Bieber single recorded with all the equipment money can buy and mastered to perfection. Good production / mix is just the icing on the cake as far as DIY is concerned, and frankly often ruins a good band when they put too much emphasis on that sort of thing and ignore the immediacy / passion that made them great in the first place. There's no coincidence that the worst Bad Religion albums are also the best produced.

Comment by Poà on December 26, 2012 at 7:05pm

THE SONGS ARE COOL BUT I CAN NOT ENJOY THEM BECAUSE THE MIX IS SO FREAKING TERRIBLE!!! WHY IS IT SO DAMN LOUD AND WHO'S IDEAL WAS IT TO EQ THE OVER ALL MIX WITH A SHARP BELL FILTER AROUND 5K @ 200DB? I HAVE MY PC'S VOLUME AT 37 AND THOSE NICE FULL RANGE NEW APPLE EAR BUDS AND MY EARS ARE GETTING FATIGUE 30 SEC IN TO THE MUSIC! WHEN I INCREASED THE VOLUME, WELL LETS JUST SAY IT WAS A FUCKING TRAIN WRECK OF AUDIO!!! BOTH YOUR ENGINEER, MANAGEMENT & PRODUCERS SHOULD BE FIRED ASAP FOR MAKING THESE KINDS OF JUDGEMENT CALLS! THE ONLY REASON WHY THIS MUSIC WANT SELL IS DUE TO THE ABOVE MENTION ISSUES THAT SHOULD NOT EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE AND IF IT DID SELL YOUR AUDIENCE WANT HAVE HEARING VERY LONG, SO YOU COULD KISS BANKING ON A 10 YEAR CAREER GOODBYE! ANOTHER THING, "WHERE IN THE HELL IS THE BASS? IM SAYING IT SOUND LIKE Y'ALL RECORDED IN TREBLE! IF YOU COULD GO PLAY A COLLEGE SHOW IN FRONT OF ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE AND DON'T USE ANY SUBS OR WOOFERS ONLY 2-WAY HORNS AND MAKE SURE TO GET A STANDARD LEVEL OF AT MINIMUM 127DB AND THEN WATCH HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN MAKE IT PAST THE FIRST SONG BEFORE THEY DECIDE THAT GOING BACK TO THEIR DORMS AND EITHER MASTURBATING OR PLAYING THE XBOX IS A BETTER IDEAL FOR SPENDING THEIR EVENING!

DON'T TAKE ANY OF THIS PERSONALLY UNLESS YOU ARE THE MANAGER OF THE GROUP OF THE RECORD/MIX ENGINEER OR PRODUCER. I AM SO OVER FUCKING TIRED OF SEEING NEW ACTS - GETTING EXCITED OVER THE VISUALS AND COMPELLING STORY BOARD THEN THE MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE STANK HAMMERED ASS IN TREBLE! WHAT A FUCKING WAIST OF TIME, MONEY & RESOURCES AND THEN YOU ALL WILL WONDER WHY YOUR SHIT AINT SELLING LIKE IT COULD, BECAUSE THE SONGS ARE GOOD AND THE FRONT LADY IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. IM SAYING OFF OF LOOKS & TALENT ALONE I COULD PUT A RING ON THAT FINGER!!! HELL I ALREADY BOUGHT THE RING!

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THE REASON WHY I WROTE THIS IN BOLD, ALL CAPS & UNDERLINED WAS TO TRY AND ILLUSTRATE WHAT YOUR MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE DO-TO THE SONIC QUALITY, "NOW GO AND FIX IT, TRY NOT TO USE PRO-TOOLS CAUSE IT SUCKS ASS AND RE-RELEASE IT WITH A BETTER MORE STRATEGIC CAMPAIGN AFTER FIRERING YOUR MIX ENGINEER. MANAGER AND PRODUCER FOR MAKING SUCH A CLUSTER FUCK OF AN DECISION THAT WILL TURN AWAY POTENTIAL FANS!"

Sincerely,

Poà • The Musical Anomaly®

The Star On Eye Musical Federation LLC

www.poamusic4ever.com

ps: all businesses including bands shall rise or fall do to 1 ingredient only, NOT its employees, "its management!"

Comment by kifaru on December 20, 2012 at 6:09am

It doesn't hurt when you have a beautiful lead singer.

Comment by Aries 2.0 on December 13, 2012 at 2:00am

First of all, great find! The band is really tight, i like it. Great melodies, and she's got a good voice for the music. I wouldnt go puting her into the same class as Beth just yet though. (huge PORTISHEAD fan).


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