One of the most impressive album releases of late 2012 had to be, without a doubt, the full length debut from iamwe Run Wild. After a slew of wildly impressive shows last summer and fall (their set at Apache Lake Music Festival was particularly mindblowing), then a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund their East Coast tour with Anberlin, followed by the release of Run Wild early last November—iamwe have been on something of a roll. While the song “So They Say” has been the lead single for some time and has gotten extensive airplay on KWSS and I could see that “Galaxy” could be the next runner up, the song that I’m a little bit in love with, that sticks in dreamily in my mind is the title track “Run Wild.” “Run Wild” is a hypnotic little number, that begins with a mesmerizing intro that runs throughout the song that is almost reminiscent of Phillip Glass. It is one of their more beautiful songs and there is something grandiose and epic about the construction here that completely conveys musically the intention of the lyrics. There is rarely a day in my life where I don’t want to runaway to the seas, so to that I completely relate. Still, there is more to this song than just that. It is a song of yearning, a song of some days yet to come, a song of understanding that this desire cannot yet be met because, as the most poignant lyrics in the song request, “So give me time to heal, give me time breathe. Cause I’m losing touch, losing touch here and now. Give me time to be, give me time to love and run wild.” It is a touching sentiment within a song that is haunting for its wistful delivery, its honest intention and the beautiful soundscape that surrounds it all. Somehow, it may be the most winsome of their songs, in which there are clearly dreams to be had, but the realization that things need to be taken care of internally and externally before those fantasies can be made reality. I think this is something to which we can all relate, knowing where we want to be, but knowing to what has to be achieved before we can get there. If I were to make a list of the top ten most beautiful songs of 2012, I’m not sure I could resist placing this at the top. It is decidedly a minimalist delivery, almost stark in its standing, but the raw emotion conveyed vocally over the tonal backdrop is stunning.
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