It’s like their voices were made for each other, that of Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggin of the indie-folk band Wild Child. Their sound is sunny, dreamy coffee-shop-style, and ever since the release of their 2011 debut album, Pillow Talk, they have been all over the radar not just in their hometown of Austin, Texas, but everywhere.
The Runaround is the name of their second album, produced by singer Ben Kweller, where you can hear Wild Child begin to add a poppy zest to their sound that you can hear on tracks like “The Runaround” and “Crazy Bird.” Touring seemed to help the band’s confidence, as well, which in turn helped make their songwriting on this album even stronger than their earlier work. It’s an endearing folk they play, perfect for a festival, that becomes even richer with the help of the rest of their band. And on Fools, their latest album release, you can really hear the band begin to stretch to a more commercial-pop. (Think Regina Spektor here, whereas their earlier work was a bit more The Head and the Heart-esque.) Their approach to writing has also changed, as the band had a more jam-style collaboration to some of their songs, instead of writing and playing separately and then coming together afterwards to hear what everyone had come up with.
Wild Child plays Brooklyn before heading out on a European tour (and yes, they’ve sold out shows all over the world before), so don’t miss it. Sometimes a colorful, feel-good show is just what everyone needs in life.