Growing up in England’s scenic Lake District, Hayden Thorpe was surrounded by mostly lager louts and soccer hooligans. But somehow, the Fauvism-inspired singer managed to find the truly unearthly falsetto he wields in his brilliant art-rock combo Wild Beasts.
First discovering his talent, he says, “was sort of a eureka moment, in the sense that I thought ‘Hang on a second! I’m trying to sing like everyone else but myself here! And then finally, it was like ‘This is how I want to sing, this is how I express myself, this is how I get the release that I want.’ And I didn’t really ever look back, from that moment on.”
On May 10, Wild Beasts return with the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-nominated sophomore set “Two Dancers,” a new ten-song aesthetic exercise called “Smother.”
Thorpe promises a much more electronic bent this time around, and he’s offering a free taste of his wares via the band’s Facebook page.
Log on and you can download the sweeping track “Albatross,” gratis.
For more information on this truly remarkable group, go to www.wild-beasts.co.uk/.