Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres' new album, Glowing Mouth, was born of solitude and confinement. Singer-songwriter Kyle Wilson wrote the album after a back injury left him bedridden for months, and provided the spark necessary for his return to songwriting. Back in New York, Wilson met up with the rest of the band and added instruments and power to his demos, which now make up their debut LP.
Glowing Mouth officially drops September 13, but it's exclusively available on Rdio right now. Grizzly Bear and Arcade Fire fans should find something to love here, as should fans of any music that’s as affecting as it is grandiose. Check out the album now, as well as Wilson’s responses to our Five Questions:
Five Questions with Milagres
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
Kyle Wilson: I could make a long list: Harry Partch, Arvo Pärt, Stanley Jordan, Scott Walker, Krysztof Penderecki... In particular I think there are a lot of musicians in the jazz and classical world who are really influential and important, but very obscure.
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
KW: I would probably be more excited to have access to any unrecorded music in the world, but since I don’t, I’m listening to an album by Linda Perhacs that I stumbled on while I was putting together this playlist. It might be a stretch to say that the internet gives one access to all recorded material, but it seems to come pretty close.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
KW: My earliest memories of music are pretty random: Leon Redbone (I listened to this on cassette when I went to bed), ZZ Top, Chuck Berry, and Raffi (I have his autograph somewhere!). But the Beatles' Please Please Me was the first album I actively sought out. From there I explored my father’s vast record collection and learned the classics fairly well. Nirvana’s Nevermind was probably the first album I spent my own allowance on, but my adolescence was filled with stuff like Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel, Tom Waits and Husker Du - as well as classical music which I had begun to study academically.
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.