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Wild Child - "Pillow Talk": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist

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Published on Jan 25, 2013

Indie-folk pop band from Austin, Texas, began as an acoustic duo consisting of Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins singing ukulele love songs written and shared over red wine and old photographs. With northern U.S. parks and fields as their backdrop and a tour van as their practice studio, Kelsey and Alexander formed their first ten songs, flawlessly documenting the ups and downs of a less than idealistic yet enchanting romance. Wild Child has evolved since then into a six-piece band, accenting the soulful vocals and folk-influenced instrumentation with lush strings, keys, bells, banjo and percussion.

Wild Child began recording their full-length album, "Pillow Talk," in November 2010 with San Francisco producers Evan Magers and Alex Peterson. In the midst of the recording process, and in anticipation of their SXSW debut, Wild Child added drummer Carey McGraw, cellist Sadie Wolfe, keyboardist Evan Magers, bassist Christ D'Annunzio and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Mares to inject their own unique influences and playing styles into the mix.

Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Erik Wofford, Wild Child's debut album, "Pillow Talk," features 15 tracks comprised of gorgeous harmonies, tempered rhythms and conflicted lyrics about love and loss. Ranging from the dazed and nostalgic "Silly Things" to the waltzy and wishful "I'll Figure You Out," the songs tell a rich tale of inconvenient matters of the heart with an irreverent, playful innocence that wanders in and out of reality and fantasy. From the somber and sweet "Darling Divine" to the rambunctiously infectious "Cocaine Hurricane," the chemistry between Kelsey and Alexander is palpable and unique—seemingly sweet and young, ironic and honest atop a truly frenzied and unruly underneath.

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