“Paresthesia,” our Song of the Day, is the lead single from Portland-based dream pop band Wild Ones‘ upcoming record Mirror Touch. I’m about a month late to the party on this one — in fact, I’m running the risk that a second top-notch single comes out before this article goes live (with my luck, it’ll be minutes after the auto-posting). But this one is worth some added attention.
The song is poppy and percussion-HEAVY, with these brilliant moments of shoegaze fuzz that sound truer in spirit to lead singer and song-writer Danielle Sullivan’s dark lyrics. By “Paresthesia’s” end, the fuzz has swelled to the point of taking control — drowning out everything in its path.
Sullivan discussed the song with NYLON:
“Paresthesia” refers to a time in my life when anxiety was ruling my mind. I was withdrawing from friends, wasn’t leaving my house, and had stopped engaging with the world outside. The song explores strained love in the context of manifested fear.”
Mirror Touch comes out October 6 via Topshelf Records. Listen to “Paresthesia” below.