I’m thoroughly excited to bring you details of Wild Beasts‘ new album, Present Tense. It comes on the heels of my favorite album of 2011, Smother, which featured luscious, intimate production and glowing lyrical progression to match the deepening scope Wild Beasts were determined to display, and with the release of lead single “Wanderlust” off this new and fourth LP, it looks as though Wild Beasts properly took the time to perfect it.

Wild Beasts - Present Tense

According to the official press release, Present Tense is the result of Hayden Thorpe (vocals, guitar, bass, keys), Tom Fleming (vocals, guitar, bass, keys), Chris Talbot (drums), and Ben Little (guitar, keys) taking nearly a year off from extensive touring in order to conceive and construct the album’s eleven tracks. The band “worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance.”

The lead single, “Wanderlust,” was released on January 7th and has more in common with the Brit band’s pre-Smother efforts, but it contains the sonics of the latter release’s sensual influences, as if the band is, as the press release accurately describes, “taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century.” Safe to say, I’m immensely excited for this one.

Present Tense is out on February 25th from Domino Records, and it is available for pre-order on iTunes. You can view the album’s tracklist below, as well as Wild Beasts’ tour dates, which include a stop at the Troubadour in LA on March 6th. Get tickets for that one while you still can.

Present Tense Tracklist:

01. Wanderlust
02. Nature Boy
03. Mecca
04. Sweet Spot
05. Daughters
06. Pregnant Pause
07. A Simple Beautiful Truth
08. A Dog’s Life
09. Past Perfect
10. New Life
11. Palace

Wild Beasts Tour Dates:

2/18 Paris, FR – Nouveau Casino
3/04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
3/06 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
3/08 Mexico City, MX – El Plaza Condesa
3/26 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
3/27 Glasgow, UK – Arches
3/29 Dublin, IE – Olympia
3/30 Bristol, UK – Academy 1
3/31 Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange
4/01 London, UK – Brixton Academy
4/03 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
4/04 Rotterdam, NL – Motel Mozaique Festival
4/05 Cologne, DE – Gebaude
4/06 Berline, DE – Lido
4/07 Hamburg, DE – Knust
4/09 Munich, DE – Strom
4/10 Milan, IT – Elita Festival @ Teatro Franco Parenti
4/11 Lyon, FR – Marche-Gare
4/12 Zurich, CH – Plaza Club
4/13 Lille, FR – Aeronef
4/15 Brussels, BE – Orangerie

More info:

Wild Beasts
Domino Records