Anonymous yet intimate. Solitary yet fraternal. Minimal yet captivating. These are a few of the alluring antagonisms that define the indie electro-pop duo Wolf Colony. The act, comprised of masked vocalist “Wolf” and producer Neal Sarin, hail from both LA and NYC. These opposites come together to create down-tempo, melancholy ballads that nonetheless make you want to hit the dance floor. Their minimalist compositions manage to create a warmth and intimacy through their bare atmosphere – reminiscent of The XX, yet more soulful; evocative of James Blake, but decidedly more immediate. Each song leaves you longing for more, akin to Wolf’s lovelorn romances.Â
“Beauty,” the duo’s recent single, is deceptively simple. The track opens with a straightforward drum beat and chiming, reverberated piano chords. Yet those three chords and the bass-snare combo are all that is needed to become immediately ensnared by the catchy tune. When the crooning vocals of lone singer Wolf rise through the track’s empty space, an immediate air of intimacy grabs your heart strings and refuses to relent for the succeeding three minutes. Wolf’s multi-tracked vocals work beautifully, creating rich harmonies that fill the air around the sparse beat. There is a natural ebb and flow to “Beauty” absent from much of electro-pop today. Rather than the verse exploding into an over the top chorus, the track instead brakes. The beat disappears while the bass swells, and Wolf’s harmonies are peeled away to one voice as he pleads with the titular beauty, “Touch your face, part your lips for me/Let me in, hear my symphony/I want more, give into me tonight.” After this solitary moment, the chorus lands with the back-beat suddenly returning alongside chanting backing vocals, you’re hit by the fact that this is indeed a dance track. Unrequited love transformed into unbridled release.
Wolf Colony are currently finishing up their debut album Unmasked to be released soon, followed by a tour. In the mean time you can download “Beauty” and other songs from iTunes and Bandcamp, and be sure to check out our interview with Wolf below: