The Range of Light Wilderness makes you think that the old old beach blanket in your trunk might actually be a magic carpet. Roll it out and go for a sandy ride in the sky. There’s plenty of magic to spare in the world created on the outfit’s beguiling debut full-length. Refracting the full crystalline spectrum of psychedelic pop, The Range Of Light Wilderness delivers tunes that are profound and danceable, hushed and arresting, fresh and timeless.
These analogue recordings were painstakingly constructed over the course of several years by principal songwriter Thomas Frank McDonald (guitar, synths and lead vocals) at home in Big Sur, California – where he lives on a high ridge top, in the centre of the sunset. The three-piece is rounded out with contributions from Jessi Campbell (drums and vocals) and Nick Aives (bass and vocals). Varying from the most shimmery, hi-fi numbers to transcendently warbly, one-mic tape sessions, the collection of songs on The Range Light Of Wilderness transmits sun-drenched richness.
Written and recorded on the vibrant coast of Big Sur, there are moments when you may feel transported to its expansive, sparkling ocean-scape and rolling, dry grassy hills – but these are songs as much for a party on a rooftop as they are for a party on a mountaintop. As the band name implies, The Range of Light Wilderness creates a bright vibration, crafting songs as welcome as the sunlight that surrounds us wherever we roam.
Once again Gnome Life sets out to present the finest musical artifact: The Range of Light Wilderness LP boasts 140-gram, clear vinyl, full-colour, high quality, matte jackets and original sleeve artwork by Kyle Field (of Little Wings). The first pressing of 500 LP’s is hand numbered.
The Range Of Light Wilderness’ new album is out now.