Today is a special day for Big Wild. Why? Not because it’s 420 and everyone is off of work or school being forced to stay home and order take out, no. Today marks the five year anniversary of Big Wild’s viral sensation, “Aftergold,” which was the second ever release on ODESZA‘s then-newly-formed Foreign Family Collective. The label now releases a commemorative EP comprised of the much-loved original, a live version recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and two fresh reworks by rising producers obli and Hanz.
“It’s hard for me to believe ‘Aftergold’ came out 5 years ago,” reflect Big Wild. “I remember working on this in my bedroom and on the road while I was opening for ODESZA. I was struggling to name the song and it was Harrison [of ODESZA] who recommended ‘Aftergold.’ As soon as I heard that name, I knew it was the one. Amazing to think how much these few minutes of music impacted my life.”
The single, which spans vocal and instrumental versions, was a cornerstone release for Big Wild, amassing over 104 million streams to date and hitting the No. 1 spot in the Spotify global chart. Now fans can experience the release in a new light for the first time. The package includes a remix from Foreign Family’s latest star talent obli, whose intricate production comes to life with blissful groove and flickering melodies. Hanz ably provides the second remake, and Tove Styrke’s breathtaking tones drift over its unhurried arrangement and surrealist percussion.
Since officially launching his Big Wild project in 2012, the Massachusetts native has become one of the most recognizable indie-electronic artists. In fact, he first broke out in April 2015 with the incendiary, “Aftergold,” and has since seen major successes, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, 2019’s Superdream, which has received high praise from NPR, Billboard, and more esteemed outlets.
What is truly amazing is how Big Wild has expanded his world of sound in the past five years since “Aftergold,” as he continues building perfectly crafted lush productions and transcending genre. delving into the worlds of indie, pop, and disco, he’s also emerged as the primary vocalist on his recent works.