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Albums Of The Week: Cindy Wilson | Realms

Chill out with more dreamy electronic grooves from the beehived B-52's vocalist.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Cindy Wilson has always been on the forefront of music’s cutting-edge: As a founding member of The B-52’s, she was a pioneer of the New Wave sound that redefined music in the 1970s and ’80s. Cindy is known for her distinctly melodic voice and her remarkable ability to deliver powerful emotions in her music. Her work continues to influence alternative and mainstream cultures around the globe – and she’s still making new waves with her second solo record Realms.

Since launching her first proper solo project in 2016, Wilson has released two EPs (Sunrise and Supernatural) and one studio album (Change), collaborating with producers and electronic musicians Suny Lyons and Ryan Monahan to cultivate a contemporary sound that cuts through today’s noise, while staying true to Wilson’s alternative and punk roots. Marrying her instantly recognizable vocals with a backdrop of dreamy, ambient, and dance-friendly music, Wilson has made a fresh name for herself that extends beyond her band’s legacy, establishing herself as a singular force in her own right.

Nowhere is this more readily apparent than on Realms, her most ambitious effort to date. Once again working with Lyons (with Sterling Campbell contributing drums and Maria Kindt on strings), Wilson invites us on an immersive, enchanting 10-track journey that peels back the layers of our common humanity. Bookended by the bustling, intimate anthem Midnights on one end, and the emotive, ethereally atmospheric ballad Not Goodbye on the other, Realms provides a singularly stunning listening experience for longtime Wilson fans and new listeners alike. From the glistening golden hues and soul-stirring vocal performance on Wait to the cinematic fever dream Delirious and the hard-hitting mix of pop and punk on Daydreamer, Wilson’s performances are as catchy as they are cathartic.

Realms demands our undivided attention as Wilson takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through our own minds and souls. Through a series of colorful, dramatic outpourings and dynamic, finessed upheavals, it’s a carefully crafted record proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that Wilson continues to have her fingers on the pulse of modern music. Pop in style and indie at heart, Realms is the next new wave of Wilson’s storied legacy.”

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