Wild Americans - Lighten Up EP Review

  CREDIT: Julianne Karr

CREDIT: Julianne Karr

Slacker-rock group Wild Americans are set to release their new EP, Lighten Up, on September 9th. The album should appeal to fans of acts such as Mac DeMarco and The MGMT, because of it's laid-back vibes.

These guys really reminded me of Milky Chance's Sadnecessary.

Lighten Up was produced by Wild Americans and John Ferrara, engineered and mixed by John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios, and mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk. Of course, all songs written and arranged by Andrew Milea and Mike Neglia. 

Wild Americans is made up of Andrew Milea (Vocals, Guitar), Mike Neglia -(Vocals, Drums), and Fred Ilac (Bass), with additional guitars played by Sean Ronan. Of course, Lighten Up, to Wild Americans, is about the acceptance of defeat, without the satisfaction of acceptance. 

"It's only four tracks, but there's a lot to dig on in there," says drummer/vocalist Mike Neglia. "We wanted to create an honest product, so we recorded it live, found our sounds, and said exactly what we wanted to say." 

The 4-track EP moves seamlessly; a truly fun, expressive, and tender EP for Wild Americans. Most definitely right about finding their sound, this EP is a really imaginative and heartfelt collection. You can check out the tracklist below!

1. Afternoon
2. Ocean
3. I Wanna Take You Home
4. Loser Freaks

The opening track, “Afternoon,” sets the tone of the EP, a relaxed rock anthem with spacey reverb and effects layered subtly throughout its runtime.

“Ocean,” the second track on Lighten Up, is an island groove, and a bit more down-tempo than “Afternoon.” It moves, perfectly described by it's own lyric, "I wanna float amongst the waves and drift away" There's a lot of variety during the quick length of the EP, so it's refreshing to feel that the band understands how to organize the tracklist for maximum impact. 

If you want a perfect sample of Lighten Up's sound, you can listen to the EP's lead single, called “I Want To Take You Home,” if you want to check out the new music video for it right below!

The mood is melancholic, a small darkness in the carefree sound. This song is completely emblematic of the theme of the EP!

Rating: 9/10

Listeners should definitely be ready for this EP, out on September 9th. You can pre-order the EP right on Wild Americans' bandcamp! In the meantime, you can check out their social media via the links below!

Wild Americans: Website // Facebook // Instagram