Perhaps his lack of manual dexterity was caused by his inability to ever thwart his dynamism. For Phil simply could not keep still. He did everything at break neck speed, with an energy that made me feel strangely invigorated in his presence. He even sat down 'busy' as he was one of these leg shaking sorts that used to drive you to distraction in the exam hall.
Although, obviously not as dangerous as my mate Phil, Happy Now by Bay Area San Francisco based band The Wild Kindness gives me the same feeling of invigoration (minus the leg shaking annoyance) as, like Phil, this album sees them completely unable to root to a singular place as their superb talents see them pay perfected homage to various jangle-pop nuanced stylistics.
The first of the many different stylistics of this dynamic album can be seen in the Power-pop dominated tracks of Exceptionally Free, Trace Yr Veins (with its ultimately early 1990's Sonic Youth swirl tempered by the more traditional power-pop of modern bands such as The Stanleys - see track below) and Long Haul which are done with such aplomb that the listener could be forgiven for wanting this style of track to become the status quo of the album.
However this album does not succumb to mere sedentary concepts and the second and true stand out track of this outstanding album, Space Companion (see below), sees the band move on to what could be considered their spiritual 'Bay Area Home' as it, and indeed Pills and Wine, flirt with the subtle psyche/paisley inflections that the area is famous for. Again The Wild Kindness show their musical versatility moving seamlessly from one area of aplomb to the next.
The final area of expertise that The Wild Kindness master in this album is the quiet psych/guitar, dare I say, 'almost sophisti-pop sound' as can be seen in tracks such as the beautiful Low Roads (see below) and Noise and Smoky Breath. Ultimately these tracks end up having simply to much muscle to be considered as truly sophisti-pop, but the melodic essence and 80's style harmonies are so prevalent that these tracks will almost certainly appeal to fans of the genre.
I will most certainly buy future releases as the promise of continued stylistic dynamism ensures that the listener is treated to one of the few bands who can move between genre nuances with ease and without displaying the sort of irritating seams that other multi genre bands reveal when they 'don't quite get it right'.
The Wild Kindness get it very right...all of the time.