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Wild Pink Share “Oversharers Anonymous”- A Billion Little Lights Due February 19th, 2021 Via Royal Mountain Records

January 15, 2021
Mitchell Wojcik

Wild Pink Share “Oversharers Anonymous
A Billion Little Lights
out on Royal Mountain Records on February 19th, 2021

Wild Pink share a third single from their highly-anticipated new album, A Billion Little Lights (out on Royal Mountain Records on February 19th2021). The album recently appeared on Pitchfork’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2021 list, after the album’s first two singles “TheShining But Tropical,” which earned the number 1 song of the week honors from Stereogum, and “You Can Have It Back,” which saw plaudits from outlets like PitchforkFADER, MTV, NPR, Paste and Uproxx. However, with the album’s 3rd and final single “Oversharers Anonymous” John Ross and company may have saved the best for last. Here they deliver a sweeping heartland indie cut that features some of the more striking lyrics of Wild Pink’s career, and an ambitious violin and slide guitar arrangement courtesy of violinists Libby Weitnauer and Sarah Williams and regular Magnolia Electric Company/Songs: Ohia steel guitar player Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner.

Oversharers Anonymous embraces this vibrant Americana feel, the musical creation provides a story of its own. The warming melody soothes you and then the dreamy vocal harmonies join the creation and provide a compelling element and create this emotional connection thanks to the reflective lyrics. The driving rhythms and intricate instrumentation pace itself to follow the vocals before the intensity surges and the melody overcomes. Wild Pink can soundtrack any stage of your life. Soulful vocals captivate the audience and fuse perfectly into the dreamy soundscape resonating warmth, vibrance, and complex orchestral focus.

Of the track, Wild Pink’s frontman John Ross explains: “This is one of the first songs I wrote for A Billion Little Lights and was inspired, among many things, by Ken Burns’ “The West” and the book “The Earth Is Weeping” by Peter Cozzens. Also inspired by a drive on the Taconic Parkway. Recording everyone’s parts on the outro was one of my favorite parts of making this album. Libby Weitnauer and Sarah Williams Larsen’s violin playing was incredible. This song, in part, is loosely about the confusing nature of social media and also about how close the distant past actually is to us. I knew early on when making this album that I wanted to have more places for instrumental parts and nearly half this song is instrumental. 

On Wild Pink’s third album and first for Royal Mountain Records, A Billion Little Lights, Ross explores the dichotomy of finally achieving emotional security—of accepting the love and peace he deprived himself of in his twenties—while also feeling existentially smaller and more directionless than ever before. The record is a two-pronged triumph: an extraordinary reflection on the human condition presented through the sharpest, grandest, and most captivating songs Wild Pink have ever composed. 

The band, which is rounded out by bassist T.C. Brownell and drummer Dan Keegan, formed in New York City in 2015 and put out a handful of EP’s before releasing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2017. It was a sophisticated showing for a band’s first album, but it was the striking maturation of Yolk In The Fur that established Wild Pink’s unique sound: a glistening variety of pastoral indie-rock akin to The War On Drugs, Death Cab For Cutie, and Kurt Vile, but informed by classic American rock poets like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. The album received glowing praise from Pitchfork (a score of 8.1), BillboardNPRStereogum, and Uproxx, the latter deeming them “one of indie’s best emerging bands.” 

Wild Pink’s A Billion Little Lights will be released on February 19, 2021 via Royal Mountain Records. It is available to pre-order here.

1. The Wind Was Like A Train
2. Bigger Than Christmas
3. The Shining But Tropical
4. Amalfi
5. Oversharers Anonymous
6. You Can Have It Back
7. Family Friends
8. Track Mud
9. Pacific City
10. Die Outside


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