WYLDE – Desire (Track Premiere)

Listen to Desire, the powerful new single from Edinburgh four-piece WYLDE imploring you to "fuck Valentine's Day"

Article by Tallah Brash | 13 Feb 2020

We’re feeling very encouraged by the quality of music, across a variety of genres, that’s come out of Scotland so far in 2020, and this very much includes the latest single from Edinburgh band WYLDE. The four-piece, who have been making music since 2015 and have gone through three previous line-up iterations, find themselves content and sounding strong with singer and guitarist Monica Anderson, guitarist Robbie Broome, bassist Mark Mitchel and drummer Zak Sulaiman-Watt.

With a couple of releases planned for the first quarter of the year, The Skinny are delighted to be premiering the first of two singles, the powerful Desire. Recorded straight to tape by Samuel J. Smith at Glasgow's Green Door Studios, you can listen to Desire in the below SoundCloud player (click here if it's not displaying correctly).

‘Just one more night, if I could find the time / I feel the blood begin to rush, I feel the fight / With our bodies intertwined, is this love on the line?’ Anderson sings, straining its refrain as she questions, ‘Is this desire, desire, desire, desire’. With vocals that are so pushed to their limits you can feel the pain, and post-punk and new wave stylings in the song’s instrumentation it brings to mind genre stalwarts The Cure, Desire is a real gem.

As the song lands on Valentine’s Day, Anderson would like to make it vehemently clear that "Desire is not a song of love,” though. She continues: “It’s a song about being lost and vulnerable in the midst of a lascivious affair. It was written at a time when everything felt obsolete to me after realising I’d put my trust in the wrong person. So I encourage you to play the song and be angry at those who’ve hurt you and left you behind. And fuck Valentine’s Day, you can love on any day you want."

Desire is released on 14 Feb via Dead Hound Records