WILDER MAKER

MALE MODELS (WESTERN VINYL)

WILDER MAKER - MALE MODELS 153195
Format:
1 CD
Release:
05.08.2022
Label:
WESTERN VINYL
Kat.-Nr.:
153195
Barcode:
0843563151716
Ask singer-songwriter Gabriel Birnbaum what inspired Male Models - the diverse new album from New York band Wilder Maker - and he'll mention everything from American novelist James Salter and the NBA playoffs to Thin Lizzy and the delicate tightrope of positive masculinity.

These reference points might sound arbitrary to the uninitiated listener, but together they provide some insight into the creation of an album that somehow succeeds at being both an apocalyptic novel of ideas and the most cohesive party playlist that you've ever heard.

The music of Male Models was recorded live over several days with a core band that consisted of Birnbaum and longtime collaborators Nick Jost and Sean Mullins.

Despite his status as the frontman and principal songwriter of Wilder Maker, Birnbaum's voice can only be heard singing lead on five of the twelve songs.

The remaining tracks have guest vocalists taking the mic, unveiling an impressive lineup that includes (but isn't limited to) Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, Katie Von Schleicher, and Jordan Lee (aka Mutual Benefit).

Like guests at a strange afterparty, when you hear these accomplished vocalists recount Birnbaum's tales of unrequited love, drunkenness, and desperation, it feels almost voyeuristic, as if you were sitting in a crowded cocktail bar, sneaking glances at nearby tables.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. LETTER OF APOLOGY
  • 1.2. A PROFESSIONAL (FT. FELICIA DOUGLASS)
  • 1.3. NEW ANXIETY (FT. MUTUAL BENEFIT)
  • 1.4. STATIC (FT. V.V. LIGHTBODY)
  • 1.5. SURFERS TRACE (FT. YELLOW OSTRICH)
  • 1.6. ALL POWER MUST REMAIN HIDDEN
  • 1.7. SCAM LIKELY
  • 1.8. SILVER CAR (FT. KATIE VON SCHLEICHER)
  • 1.9. 5 TRAIN
  • 1.10. O ANNA (FT. ADAM DURITZ)
  • 1.11. AGAINST THE NUMBERS
  • 1.12. JASON