KENT’S Mosa Wild are a band with big ambitions and a big sound to match, as you can hear on “Expect Me”, the first, big-hearted song to be lifted from next spring’s Zip Your Coat Up For English Weather EP.
The four-piece are into the business of the anthemic , and they’ve got form: previous single “Smoke” had a wintry Americana feel, like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or The National; “Cry Baby” was hushed and acoustic, lamenting; but latest single, “Expect Me”, which we’ve got here for you today, really pulls out all the stops and aims for the heavens.
Heavens, yes: over a slow swingbeat and a chapel organ, frontman Jim Rubaduka leads forth a gospel plea that busts out of the pocket and into raw, gravelly emotion. Think Jason Pierce crossed with a rawer, dustier but equally lonesome Americana.
Jim says: “Expect Me” was initially written and recorded at my Mum and Dad’s kitchen table in Ashford. We tracked the final version with our friend Ben Baptie at Pool Studios. I think it’s the most collaborative studio session we’ve had.
“It was a joy to have a bunch of our friends come down and bless this record. The song has a very simple and direct message. I wanted the verses to feel like a hymn you know well, and the outro to feel like a hug that you don’t want to end.
“The song was written with love in mind.”
Expect Me is the first music to be taken from next year’s Zip Your Coat Up For English Weather EP, of which more news and music will be revealed over the coming weeks; that will be with us via the good offices of Glassnote Records.
Mosa Wild’s “Expect Me” is out today across digital streaming platforms.