Big Wild’s debut ‘Superdream’ LP strikes to the core of humanity and what it means to be alive [Album Review]
Here at Conscious Electronic, we’re wild about what’s been coming out of Big Wild‘s arsenal lately. The Massachusetts-native, has been one of Foreign Family‘s ones-to-watch, especially given the incredible tracks he’s released in anticipation of his debut album, Superdream.
From the electrifying “City of Sound,” to the ethereal “Heaven,” to his double release in “Joypunks” and “Maker,” Big Wild has been going beyond his talent as a burgeoning indie-pop producer. He’s also taking up the mantle of a singer-songwriter for the first time and, boy, does he ever shine.
After four months of grueling anticipation, Big Wild has released his 12-track debut studio album in Superdream, out now on Counter Records. Equipped with all the uplifting energy of his indie dance and synth-pop oeuvre, and laced with elements of funk and disco house along the way, the project is a complete encapsulation of where Big Wild has been and where he’s headed as an artist.
From the ODESZA-inspired drums and uplifting melodies of “Joypunk,” to the Prince-like vocals of the Rationale-assisted “6s to 9s,” to his ode to Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot,” which he says he can’t wait to play live, Superdream is the best debut album to grace dance music in years. It’s thought-provoking, carefully formulated, and meticulously-craft sound design is meant to meet listeners where they are. In other words, it’s highly relatable and extremely danceable.
All in all, the album covers themes of individuality and being comfortable with who you are, to falling in love and/or the idea of love, to the vastness of space and cosmology, to mortality and the afterlife. But most of all, it’s about enjoying the rollercoaster ride of life along the way. This is an album that goes beyond the materiality of sound, production technicalities, and the boundaries of genre. Superdream strikes to the core of what it means to be human.
Stream Big Wild’s Superdream LP below and view his upcoming album-accompanying spring tour dates below, which sees support from Robotaki and Mild Minds.
Superdream Tour Dates
March 6 — Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
March 7 — San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
March 8 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
March 9 — Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
March 10 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
March 13 — Arcata, CA @ Arcata Theatre
March 14 — Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
March 15 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
March 16 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 20 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
March 21 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
March 22 — Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
March 23 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
March 27 — Boston, MA @ Royale
March 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
March 29 — Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
March 30 — New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
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