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The Wilds is led by singer/songwriters Holly Arntzen—vocals, dulcimer, piano, and Kevin Wright—vocals, percussion, sax. When Holly and Kevin sing and write songs together, think Joni Mitchell meets Bon Scott (of ACDC.) An unlikely combination, but one that bears rich sounds, energy and a unique musical perspective that is conveyed in eight albums produced since 2006.
The sound of the Wilds is ‘folk pop to rock your world”—Holly’s slide dulcimer mixed with Kevin’s hard-hitting cajon and congas, and lit up by rich vocal harmonies. They write r’evolution of consciousness songs about humanity, ecology and the Earth.
“They have a duty and the street cred to write and sing these messages after decades of walking the walk so few are willing to do, or just do not have the voice for. The Wilds have that voice.” --- Somebody else said this
Blessing In Disguise - Recorded in July of 2020
"This is our musical offering for all of us struggling to find our way through the pandemic and hold onto a vision for the future. Our story, like most musicians, is that we lost all our work from March 12th onwards. At the time we said, “We have to look at this as a blessing in disguise.” This song emerged slowly over the next three months.
We started hearing news stories about the clearing skies due to the shutdown and lower pollution levels. It’s an unintended consequence that shows how effectively billions of people can respond to a threat and dramatically change their behavior almost overnight. The pandemic is causing terrible suffering, yet there are things we are learning that will help us meet even greater challenges of climate change, racism and social and economic justice—such as the ability to turn on a dime and work together for the common good."
The song features Wilds members Holly Arntzen (vocals, dulcimer, piano), Kevin Wright (vocals, cajon) Nathen Aswell (bass). Our family members joining us: Natalia Tisot-Wright (vocals) is Kevin’s daughter, Leif Arntzen is Holly’s trumpet-playing brother in New York; his son Miles Francis Arntzen added percussion. In Vancouver, brother Tom Arntzen played organ, and his son Arnt Arntzen tracked the banjo.
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