Camp Bisco TOTD: Big Wild – “Aftergold”
Big Wild, a producer from Venice, California, has quickly become one of the most up and coming artists of 2016. There is not much information about Big Wild, except that his name is Jackson and he is part of ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective. With a name as elusive as the wilderness, “Big Wild’s sound taps into the natural curiosity we all share by exploring beyond conventional boundaries in music.” Nearly all shows on his spring tour are sold out and Big Wild is set to play eight festivals this summer, so you know listeners are loving the unique sounds of Big Wild.
“Aftergold” is Big Wild’s hit single with over 3 million plays on SoundCloud alone. The original version, released one year ago, is mostly instrumental until a month ago when it was re-released featuring vocals from Tove Styrke. Although the lyrics give “Aftergold” a catchy chorus, most fans seem to prefer the earlier version — and I have to admit, the track is really something special.
Big Wild is an expert at incorporating numerous exotic sounds in order to transport the listener to far away places. “Aftergold” begins with a playful wind instrument that immediately grabs the listener’s attention. From there, Big Wild experiments with various percussion samples and beats to keep the track interesting and constantly shifting. A subtle harp pulls on the listener’s heart strings while winding strings accompany a deep bass. A pulsating beat brings in the chorus with intriguing sounds. The glitchy vocals tell us this is “all we need” and create a nice bouncy feel to the track.
A drum pad provides a chiming beat that mirrors the vocals for an encompassing quality. Grooving vocals pave the way for the experimental and abstract beats to stand out. The combination of chimes, strings, and wind instruments induces a state of relaxation while the listener is blissfully transported to an exotic locale. A change in tempo draws the listener further inside the space that Big Wild’s music illustrates, while the vocals guide us back home.
Big Wild will be joining The Disco Biscuits, ODESZA, Big Grizmatik, and many more at Camp Bisco. The festival is set to take place July 14-16 at Montage Mountain. Purchase your tickets here and be on the lookout for more Sensible Reason TOTD. Happy listening!