On their richly inventive new single, Gothenburg trio Wildhart break free. ‘Shake Off’ is about existing in a patriarchal world and creating your own destiny. Or, in vocalist Ylva Holmdahl’s words, turning hardships “into gold”.
It’s a simple message, filtered perfectly through the group’s deep, exploratory pop. Warpaint-like howls merge with moody production (like if Massive Attack took on Scandipop), and what begins in a loose, open-ended state ends up as a full-bodied beast. It’s easy to get swept up in ‘Shake Off’’s bright sense of escape, but threading it together is a sense of resistance, defiance and positivity that Wildhart truly embrace.
Wildhart’s debut album ‘Shine’ is out 11th November via Gaphals.