“Wild Youth” it’s not just another album. It feels more like a biography imprinted on a pentagram with the treble clef as the beginning, but with no end. It’s something deeper and more personal. Like a piece of art that will gain more value with the passage of time. It’s musical heritage…
Steve Angelo managed to deliver something unique: A glimpse into his 20 years of DJing and music-making, divided into twelve masterpieces.
And they have nothing to do with EDM, even though the productions are sprinkled with the conventional builds and drops. Somehow they’re not formulaic, but a composition of the best features that the electronic music industry has produced in recent years.
From the massive prog-dubstep synths of “Rebel Nation” to the lush and layered atmospheric glide of “Stay (Saints of Valory)”, Wild Youth is a reminder that Steve Angello is a true pioneer of modern sounds, lurking in the shadows of a new era, where “Revolution” is needed.
The cohesiveness of the dozen-piece LP and variance between tracks are achieved by the unconventional vocals of singers that intrigue the listener from the first verse to the last line, while hearing the hypnotizing voices of gifted Dan Reynolds, Doug Mandagi, The Presets, Gary Go, Julia Spada, David Garza, Franz Novotny, Mako and Andrew Watt.
In a more poetic interpretation “Wild Youth” could be thought of as a music contemporary of the second part of Dante’s Divine Comedy called “Purgatory”.
However, in this case the seven levels of suffering are twelve and the spiritual growth follows an age of hate and injustice: A generation’s reincarnation through music with a fair share of emotion and drama, seemingly perpetual delays, and a healthy dose of hype rhythms mixed by Steve Angello‘s melancholic, but nonetheless optimistic, eclectic pallet of frequencies.