September 29, 2017
Modern music has become a cornucopia of different genres coming together to form something aesthetically pleasing to everyone. “Clouded” by This Wild Life, is an album that offers a laid back, nonchalant mood and emotional lyrics to boot. Pop song structures make it a very friendly album for any new listener. To understand the album, we must look back to the history before the album in order to see the what went into the mixing pot of this folk- rock, acoustic rock, emo, alternative album.
The 80’s spurned a new branch of hardcore music that evolved to into what is now known as “emo.” As the popularity of emo faded in the 2010s, the feel and raw emotions are still felt in modern acts. Clouded is a beautiful album full of highs and lows, musically and emotionally. The acoustic songwriting is the perfect medium to deliver the lyrics as both feel so raw and real.
As the debut for This Wild Life, it’s a strong first step after the departure of the rest of the band members. This Wild Life, from Long Beach, California, is a prime example of a contemporary emo influenced band. As an acoustic duo, vocalist and guitarist Kevin Jordan and guitarist Anthony Del Grosso have incorporated their love for the genre while adding some modern pop tendencies and wrapping it up into a radio-friendly, folk-inspired ring of the acoustic guitar, mixed with percussion and some electric instrumentation.
“Clouded Atmosphere Edition” was released on May 23, 2014 through Epitaph Records. The Atmosphere release added three new tracks not included in the original album’s release along with new live versions of some of the songs.