Suckers self titled EP seems to have been an excellent appetizer of what they were preparing to unveil in their full-length debut, Wild Smile. In the aforementioned introductory EP, the Brooklyn quartet exhibited an early desire to experiment with their music and sound, aiming to discover a refreshing and imaginative style. With psychedelic similarities to bands like MGMT and Yeasayer and a stage performance with painted faces and costumes inspired by the likes of Of Montreal, Suckers were able to garner an early buzz from their excited manner in crafting their sonance.
Although drawing likenesses to other established acts, Suckers have more characteristics that aren't borrowed from some of indie's best and brightest that showcase the band's unequivocal inventiveness. Wild Smile represents the next phase in a musical style. It demonstrates a multi-layered aesthetic combining chaotic moans with Quin Walker's off-key falsetto screeches along with an array of instruments and a harmonious sounds. Wild Smile opens with “Save Your Love for Me”, a track which eases the listener into a masterful collection of eleven songs, with Walker's wailing vocals echoing in the background as Austin Fisher's low pitched voice lends a groundedness to the song's romanticized lyrics.
As this album unravels with each track, layers of exquisite musicality and a natural fusion of danceable singalong hooks and intimate desires are showcased in an eruption of harmonic goodness. A standout track for me is “Martha” which begins with a celebratory exhalation of harmonized voices complete with blaring horns, before delving into a jovial melody. The song's lyrics are seemingly based on the perspective of an impatient man eagerly beckoning his “Martha” while he anticipates a pleasurable time as she makes herself up for the sexual amalgamation.
It's very rare for me to thoroughly enjoy an album from beginning to end without having some sort of hitch or finding a desire to skip forward but with Wild Smile, I found myself thoroughly engaged throughout. Suckers' sound becomes more developed and synced as Wild Smile progresses and by the album's closer “Loose Change”, the band seems to have perfected their formula.