Wild Beasts are quite the critic's darlings. When they released their debut album 'Limbo, Panto' last year, it was met with almost unanimous praise and acclaim from the muso ranks, but was too esoteric to make it onto the average punter's radar. Their tunes were too haphazard, and Hayden Thorpe's classical sounding falsetto too jarring to serve as everyday listening. Though 'Two Dancers' is still far from being mainstream, Wild Beasts have taken a step towards accessibility by developing bright and alluring melodies, packed full of entrancing detail.
While Thorpe's soaring vocal cracks and screeches at his every whim, co-vocalist Tom Fleming's deep Morrissey style croon provides the perfect contrast. Together the pair create complimentary harmonies and wavering, repeated cries. Underneath, curious offbeat percussion punctuates and defines songs that are elaborate yet restrained, with clean electric guitars, and supple, twisting synth sounds.
Sure, there's moments that seem a smidgen placid and self indulgent, but they're offset by the likes of 'Hooting and Howling' with its animal-like yelps, the soft syncopation of 'We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues', and the intensifying atmosphere of 'Two Dancers (i)'. Though Wild Beasts are unlikely to attract seekers of instant gratification, these lads from the Lake District are quietly intriguing and wonderfully unique.