Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Wolf Gang‘s alternative/pop debut album, Suego Falls, is that it was written and recorded solely by London native, Max McElligot.  Released on July 25, 2011, Suego Falls’ charm comes from McElligot’s symphonic, layered melodies and catchy hooks.  Wolf Gang emulates some of Britain’s classic mainstream musicians to make a swelling album with cross continent appeal. 

While emotions run heavy on Suego Falls and primarily deal with relationships and love lost, the tone of the album, barring a few tracks, is upbeat and bright (Lions in Cages, Stay and Defend, Dancing with the Devil).  McElligot’s sleek, high-pitched vocals coupled with sparkling pianos and chiming percussion keep the album from getting too serious and help maintain a spirited nature throughout.

Best Tracks:

Midnight Dancers balances lush piano chords, great guitar riffs, vocals and lyrics to evoke epic emotions.  McElligot takes just enough inspiration from his legendary influences to pay homage but keeps his own style as the primary focus.

Something Unusual uses twilight electronics, wispy pianos, and a mesmerizing chorus to give the song a magical feel while the layered vocals save it from being thin and lacking of substance.

Planets has a slow, blues-inspired tone.  McElligot is clearly emulating George Michael with the song’s vocals and melody but shifts his inspiration to Queen with the orchestral, epic chorus which warrants a sea of flickering lighters.   Also unique to Planets is a fully formed guitar solo, which fits perfectly with the grandeur of the track.

When and Where:

Suego Falls is musical Prozak.  The descriptions above should give enough of an indication that this album’s melodies and lyrics are meant to sweep you away and forget what’s keeping you down.

Midnight Dancers:

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Planets:

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