Austin folkies Wild Child evoke ’90s hip-hop with the latest video from breakout album The Runaround, “Rillo Talk”. Lowriders, bikes, skateboarding, 40s, and graffiti, all shot with the fisheye-reminiscent GoPro cameras in vogue at festivals these days, add up to a visual aesthetic that matches the boom-bap beat drifting in and out of the background. They even squeeze in some updated rap video signifiers with speedboats and twerking. The song itself, however, is firmly ensconced in their more typical laid-back hippie vibe, with lyrics about waiting around all day that belie the nonstop activities depicted in the video itself. That contrast captures the contradiction at the heart of summer relaxation: it’s hard work doing nothing all day. Jam-packed vacations, the season’s impending end driving us toward ever-increasing frenzies of fun, have become the norm rather than the exception, reenacting childhood dreams of endless summer with driver’s licenses and a bank account. In this, Wild Child is distinctly of the moment, choosing the perfect time to drop this particular clip at the height of summer, the season which it summarizes so well. Kelsey Wilson’s voice seems to float with the current of the music, all ukeleles and sumptuous strings, evoking the same sort of drifting depicted in some of the boat scenes, picking the pace back up whenever the backbeat is introduced. Ben Kweller’s production suits their sound perfectly. Currently in the last throes of a North American tour, the band will be closing out the season with a few festival dates in their native Texas before heading off to Europe for the fall. Catch them if you can, and regardless, pick up a copy of the album either physically or on iTunes.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC