WILDLIFE! leaves the club behind completely on “Anima,” his second release with Mixpak Records. The machinic, dystopian themes present on previous projects still live on here, but “Anima” harbors a more wistful melancholy, exploring subtler gestures and scintillating textures. The darkness is shot through with flashes of radiance and the liminal glitter of a new emotionality.
Mysterious human-like sounds land like the shrapnel of teenage goth nostalgia, detuned pianos provide delight and discomfort in their grandeur, and ominous sonic bombardments put the finishing touches on WILDLIFE!’s otherworldly soundscapes.
Oscillating between moments of ambient bliss and traces of left field dancehall and hip-hop DNA, “Anima” remains a decisively genre-defying venture, an emotive and compelling listening experience.
Mixpak Records, 2017
Art direction by Rin Kim
This record was made possible with generous support from the Migros Culture Percentage and Burgergemeinde Bern.