Label: WMD Recordings
Released: 13th August 2021
Shedding their previous guise as members of indie heavyweights INHEAVEN, Wings of Desire launch forth with their second EP, ‘Amun Ra’.
Packed full of hazy, cinematic touchpoints and driving 80s beats, the duo breeze through four songs in a sweet tornado of road trip soundscapes and blue-sky indie. Setting grey, office-job vocals against a starry, summery backdrop of soaring guitars and pounding drums, the EP contrasts drilling lyrical refrains with freefalling, expansive indie-pop.
The duality is most prominent in opener and lead single ‘Choose A Life’, the refrain recalling Ewan McGregor’s iconic ‘choose life’ speech, which sees the two distinct sounds butt heads and interlock. Ultimately however, it’s the beachy dreamscape that wins out, breaking free from the mechanical buzz like a kite catching upwind. ‘Better Late Than Never’ is similarly punctuated with the stark, jagged-edged lyric “just getting older”, a mantra that is in turns harsh and liberating depending on James Taylor’s vocal delivery. ‘OUTTAMIND’ is a sweet tonic to follow, bleak lyrics turned motivational against the euphoric instrumental green screen and blaring electric guitars.
Rounded off with the pleasing, festival-ready ‘Forgive and Forget’, this is an EP that knows full well who it is and what it delivers.