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Last Night All My Dreams Came True

‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’ is a career-spanning collection and features songs from each of Wild Beasts’ studio albums, with an emphasis on ‘Boy King’, their most direct record yet.

Looking back on Wild Beasts’ back catalogue and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience - toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they’d been eloquently dealt with on record.

Recorded in two days over the Summer at RAK Studios, ‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’ is the second official Domino Documents release and has more than fulfilled the Domino Documents aim to capture a band at the height of their powers, recording a selection of their finest songs.

TRACK LISTING

Wanderlust
Big Cat
A Simple Beautiful Truth
2BU
Bed Of Nails
Hooting & Howling
This Is Our Lot
He The Colossus
The Devil’s Palace
Alpha Female
Get My Bang
All The King’s Men
Celestial Creatures

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Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". The quartet’s ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".

A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop sensibility of Boy King - Fleming’s more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe’s own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas and producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out the raw power of Boy King. In the studio, the band kept up the intensity of the office hour routine they'd employed during writing sessions and, they say, responded well to Congleton's sober discipline. "He made us get in there, get on and do it," Fleming says. "English politeness never featured."

The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It’s yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same.”


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Wild beasts come back to the fore with this funky slab of wistful electronic indie, drenched in 90's reverb and synth stabs. This outing sees their minimal instrumental input accentuated by crystal-clear production values and thumping sub-bass drones. Indie for the dancefloor, satisfying and ethereally rousing. Top stuff.

TRACK LISTING

Big Cat
Tough Guy
Alpha Female
Get My Bang
Celestial Creatures
2BU
He The Colossus
Ponytail
Eat Your Heart Out Adonis
Dreamliner

Wild Beasts

Present Tense

    Domino are very excited to present ‘Present Tense’ from Wild Beasts.

    This collection of eleven songs will be the Kendal fourpiece’s fourth album, and the first in almost three years since the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Smother’.

    Already rightly considered to be one of contemporary Britain’s most innovative and vital bands, the new album sees the group’s ever-restless collective muse lead them to remarkable new heights - boldly embracing new production techniques and songwriting forms whilst retaining the thrilling idiosyncrasies that have made them so beloved over the course of three challenging, beguiling and beautiful albums to date.

    TRACK LISTING

    Wanderlust
    Nature Boy
    Mecca
    Sweet Spot
    Daughters
    Pregnant Pause
    A Simple Beautiful Truth
    A Dog’s Life
    Past Perfect
    New Life
    Palace

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    Two Dancers

      Wild Beasts have made a record of earthly pleasures that sounds thrillingly widescreen, open and in awe of life; equally intoxicated and disturbed by the possibilities of pleasure. "Two Dancers" is a streamlined, minimalist and user friendly Wild Beasts, moving as God had designed them to, with equal grace and gusto, equally elegant and ugly.

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      Limbo, Panto

        "Limbo, Panto", the debut album from Leeds based, Kendal born four-piece Wild Beasts, is a collection of ten beautiful, eccentric, very British tales. It is also likely to be the most unique album you will hear this year. Recorded in Malmo, Sweden with producer Tore Johannson (who also worked on Franz Ferdinand's first album), "Limbo, Panto" is a confident record brimming with the band's sense of purpose, showcasing their pop sensibility as well as their humorous side.


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