Anand Wilder Shares New Video “Fever Seizure” ; Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Former Yeasayer Member to Release Debut Solo Album I Don’t Know My Words March 25th, 2022
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February 16th, 2022 – New York, NY: Today, Anand Wilder shared the new single and video for “Fever Seizure,” the latest release from his solo debut LP. The former Yeasayer songwriter will release his debut solo album I Don’t Know My Words on March 25th, 2022 via his new label home, Last Gang. Wilder has also announced a U.S. tour for spring 2022, please see below for a complete list of dates. 

Also announced today, I Don’t Know My Words is now available for pre-order on CD and Vinyl on Last Gang Records [Insert link]. An exclusive Rough Trade variant is also available. [Insert link]. The album is available for digital pre-save here.

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Anand Wilder describes the intense story behind “Fever Seizure” writing, “This is an older autobiographical story song about a frightening episode in which I believed my 9 month old daughter was dying, perhaps choking to death, when in fact it was a very common febrile seizure. I resuscitated this song because I always liked the chordal movement and lyrics, and the song’s reference to ambulances and panic connected with the constant siren sound of spring 2020 in New York City.”

Anand writes about the video, “The main inspiration for the setting was the Phil Ochs ‘Greatest Hits’ album cover, where he’s standing in front of a red curtain in a gold lamé nudie suit, in an Elvis parody/tribute- I wanted to bring the cover to life on super 16mm film. Nick Lowe’s ‘Jesus of Cool’ album cover and the glamour shots of the band members of Roxy Music inside the gatefold on their debut were a reference as well. When we got to set we realized we needed some kind of band to make the background music in the song convincing, so we put a goldfish in my onstage water pitcher. It was his first music video and he was nervous, but he turned in a great performance.  And yes, the goldfish does take the form of the golden guitar god for the guitar solo and autograph scene.”

The song follows the release of “I Don’t Want Our Love To Become Routine,” the latest single from his upcoming solo debut LP. “‘I Don’t Want Our Love to Become Routine’ marked a turning point in my recording process that would inform the aesthetic of the rest of the album,” writes Wilder. “Fewer electronic digital sounds, more tastefully arranged mic’d up acoustic instruments

Wilder first announced the new record with the release of the acclaimed single and video “Delirium Passes,” which features Ben Sinclair from HBO’s High Maintenance. Stereogum describes the song as “a rapturous shot of kaleidoscopic psych-folk,” while American Songwriter calls it “a delicate folk-pop narrative on family, divorce, and those fluctuating waves of anxiety…”

Stream: “I Don’t Want Our Love To Become Routine” – Youtube Visualizer

Wilder’s reputation as a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter emerged in the Brooklyn indie rock scene of the late 2000s, where he joined his bandmates in painting on the eclectic palette of synths, strings, and harmonies that defined Yeasayer’s acclaimed psychedelic worldbeat and swerving electro-pop experiments. He was at home writing and fronting big hits like Yeasayer’s “O.N.E.,” and “Wait for the Summer,” but the spirit of community always pervaded his surprising collaborations, from the guest-star-studded recordings of the peculiar rock musical album Break Line (2014) that Wilder composed with college friend Maxwell Kardon, to his occasional production credits for fellow travelers like Suckers and Das Racist.

With I Don’t Know My Words, Wilder turns his multi-instrumentality away from electronica and global genre-hopping toward a more grounded, home-brewed sound. Recording on his own, he played every instrument on the album from plucked cellos and bowed acoustic guitars to oscillating textures of dulcimers and tumbling, song-serving drums.

“After some initial attempts at collaborating with outside musicians, I realized that I needed to have my hands on every aspect of recording my first solo effort,” recounts Wilder. “So much of the pleasure of making this album was reigniting my childhood passion for challenging myself to pick up any instrument.”

Themes of family ties were infused into the album from the outset, as Wilder found himself writing and recording in close quarters with his wife and children throughout COVID lockdown in their New York apartment. Much of the inspiration for the project can be traced to Wilder’s familial roots and his own childhood. “My mom, who was born in India, is a huge music lover,” he writes. “Whatever we were doing, the Beatles, Cat Stevens or Fairport Convention were playing in the house through these homemade speakers my father had wired. The lockdown brought all that back to me, and the music I began making translates that musical mood of my childhood for my family now. I wanted to go back to basics, back to songs. Light on electronics and experimentation, heavy on acoustics and vocals.”

I Don’t Know My Words Tracklist:

01) Beginning Again
02) Delirium Passes
03) Fever Seizure
04) Hart Island
05) I Don’t Want Our Love To Become Routine
06) Half Brother
07) Get More Than My Share
08) Porcelain Doll
09) Sick Hotel
10) Never Looked Good To Me Til Now

Tour Dates:

04/27/22 – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall
04/28/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
04/29/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
04/30/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
05/02/22 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
05/03/22 – Chicago, IL @ Space
05/04/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
05/06/22 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
05/09/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
05/10/22 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey
05/11/22 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
05/14/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
05/15/22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
05/16/22 – Los Angeles, CA Zebulon

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