AOTY 2018

Where Wildness Grows

Gengahr - Where Wildness Grows
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #666 / 706
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2018 Ratings: #260
March 9, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Transgressive / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

Gengahr haven’t lost the soluble quality of their sound, every intricacy has the ability to melt right in. Elegant and artful to its core, Where Wildness Grows is an impressive step forward from a band who seemingly have more to prove to themselves than anyone else.


‘Where Wildness Grows’ slowly seeps in given time, and when it’s finally settled, feels like it’s been there forever.

Wildness may well have grown, but for Gengahr, something rather more long-lasting may have also taken root.
Breaking the templates, this isn’t the sound of a band too concerned with being smart to write songs. Matching higher callings with raw emotion, Gengahr continue to grow.
No Ripcord

2015 debut A Dream Outside was a strong effort - a patchwork of hooky indie rock that boasted infectious grooves, artful yet accessible intricacies and an uncanny ability to melt all of its components together seamlessly. With their second LP, the accessibility is still there, with the sound still as soluble as dioralyte.

Spectrum Culture

At 48 minutes, Wildness suffers from one of the most common dream-pop traps: like a dream, most of it leaves your head the moment you start to think about it.

Drowned in Sound

They are all white dudes, the friends they take up space with and pretend to exhibit art with are all white dudes, and they have made a second album that sounds more or less like their first one: whiny crooning, bloodless textures, lazy verses about heterosexual romance.

This album is filled with warm and dense instrumentals, drenched in reverb. The catchiness of the previous album is still here, but in a similar manner to the change between Drenge's 2 albums, Gengahr have really filled out their sound with some almost shoe-gazey guitars.
It's great to have an album that doesn't simply repeat their early work, while at the same time doesn't ignore the influences of A Dream Outside.

Standout tracks - Before Sunrise, Where the Wildness Grows, Carrion, Pull Over ... read more
It seems like that Drowned in Souned review was written by a feminist, who regulary uses 4chan.

Before Sunrise (8.5)
Mallory (7.7)
Is This How You Love (7.0)
I'll Be Waiting (7.0)
Where Wildness Grows (8.0)
Blind Truth (6.8)
Carrion (7.2)
Burning Air (6.8)
Left in Space (7.8)
Pull over (Now) (7.0)
Rising Tides (6.5)
Whole Again (7.2)
The Drowned in Sound review is extremely offensive. The comparison of the album to a "personal feeling/story" is one thing. But the jugement here ? WTF :
"White dudes" "heterosexual romance", etc

Everyone doesn't need to be queer or black/yellow/red/brown/[insert other color]. She could say that the way the lyrics are written is too much conventional for the topics but no she has to be offensive to be read.

Anyway, the album isn't trash but it's just a basic ... read more
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Track List

  1. Before Sunrise
  2. Mallory
  3. Is This How You Love
  4. I'll Be Waiting
  5. Where Wildness Grows
  6. Blind Truth
  7. Carrion
  8. Burning Air
  9. Left in Space
  10. Pull over (Now)
  11. Rising Tides
  12. Whole Again
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Added on: January 27, 2018