New Best Kept Secret: Wolf Ram Heart

 

Latest pick of cool
emerging artist in our ongoing collaboration with Sonicbids.

 

By Fred Mills

 

The BLURT staff put our heads (and ears) together and we
have the latest pick for our Blurt/Sonicbids “Best Kept
Secret”: it’s Wolf Ram Heart, from Columbus,
Ohio. This makes our 19th BKS selection since commencing the program of spotlighting new and
under-the-radar artists back in 2008.

 

The group is described in its bio thusly: “Wolf Ram Heart is
an American pop group whose members are split between the Appalachian foothills
of southeastern Ohio and the urban metropolis
of Columbus.
This is a band bent on marrying art with popular music. Retro-futuristic best
defines their sound that straddles neo-psychedelia and dark art synthesizer
pop. The music is an all encompassing hybrid of pop’s faded echoing
sensibilities, molded into a modern space, and created in a sound that allows
these hauntings to occur and transform.”

 

 


Viewgirls by wolframheart

 

 

That description
just about nails it, and I’ll just note that the group additionally slots in
wonderfully with the contemporary dream-pop movement (Beach House et al) while retaining a visceral
originality that suggests a cinematic approach to songwriting. An eventual liaison
with Hollywood
seems all but inevitable, given the widescreen vibe and rampant eclecticism;
these folks seem to share a sensibility with veteran film scorers as diverse as
Ry Cooder, Calexico and even director David Lynch. With one album to date,
2011’s Betrayal of Hearts, and kudos
from a press chorus that includes Magnet,
Under the Radar
and The Big Takeover
one journalists rightly called it a “headphone masterpiece” – the potential for
the future seems equally wide open.

 

Wolf Ram Heart:

David James – Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboards
Jessica Barnes – Vocals, Bass and Keyboards
Ryan Stolte-Sawa – Vocals, Violin and Keyboards
Eric Buford – drums and percussion
Rob Cave – keyboards

 

 

We’ll have an interview with the band posted to the site
shortly in which we let them fill you in on all this and more. Meanwhile, check
out their official website or Facebook page for additional details as well as
song samples. They’re one of the good ‘uns,
trust us.

 

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Bands, go to www.sonicbids.com/blurtonline to submit and have us review your materials for feature consideration.

 

 

>Our November ‘08 Best Kept
Secret: The
Handcuffs, from Chicago.

 

>Our December Best Kept
Secret: Black
Swan Green, from Brooklyn

 

>Our January 2009 Best Kept
Secret: stephaniesI­d,
from Asheville

 

>Our March Best Kept Secret: Polly Mackey
& the Pleasure Principle, from England

 

>Our June Best Kept Secret: Wiretree, from
Austin

 

>Our August Best Kept Secret: Bulletproof
Vests, from Memphis

 

>Our November Best Kept
Secret: The
Vivs, from Boston

 

>Our January 2010 Best Kept
Secret: The
Public Good, from D.C.

 

>Our February Best Kept
Secret: Dirty Dancing, from
Austin

 

>Our April Best Kept Secret: Jenny Dee
& the Deelinquents
, from Boston

 

>Our June Best Kept Secret: The Rebel Set,
from Phoenix

 

 >Our August Best Kept
Secret: Alice
Austin
, from Los Angeles

 

>Our October 2010 Best Kept
Secret: Doug
McCurry
, from Charlotte

 

 

>Our January 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Drunken
Prayer
, from Portland

 

 

>Our April 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Preachers
Son
, from Dublin, Ireland

 

 

>Our June 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Butter, from Durham, NC

 

 

>Our August 2011 Best Kept
Secret: Dark Circles,
from Nashville, TN

 

>January
2012 Best Kept Secret: The Glimmer, from Australia

 

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