We're very excited here at SofaBurn to announce that Shadwick Wilde's brand new single "Easy Rider" is available now to stream and download! 'Easy Rider' is the first track off of Shadwick's upcoming solo record Forever Home, out September 22nd. Read on below to learn more.
Shadwick Wilde is relentless. After passing through San Francisco, Havana, and Amsterdam in his itinerant youth, a relatively stable homebase in Louisville, Kentucky, only spurred the singer-songwriter to fill his time with creative projects. Cutting his teeth as a guitarist for a series of punk and hardcore bands, Shadwick began writing his own songs, debuting his work with the now-out-of-print album Unforgivable Things (2010) and forming the first iteration of the Quiet Hollers.
After their first album, 2013’s midwestern-rootsy I Am the Morning, Quiet Hollers worked at a staggering pace, releasing a record every two years, producing charming videos, generating effusive press, and tenaciously touring the U.S. and Europe. This whirlwind of activity resulted in their breakthrough self-titled sophomore album; the sprawling and ambitious follow-up, Amen Breaks; and swelling ranks of converts won over by QH’s transcendent live shows. This period of breakneck activity is perhaps best represented by the group’s video for “Pressure,” which features the five Hollers being summarily flattened by the professional wrestler Kongo Kong, an apt metaphor for a remorseless music industry.
After the better part of a decade, Shadwick tapped out of the exhausting album-tour cycle. Woodshedding in an exceptionally prolific 2019-2020, he amassed three albums of material: a spare solo collection recorded on his Kentucky farm; a set earmarked for Quiet Hollers alumni—2022’s excellent Forever Chemicals; and the extraordinary ten songs that comprise his first proper solo album in 12 years, Forever Home.
“Easy Rider” is a fine entry point, its unhurried, sun-dappled tone establishing the album’s focus on modest but enduring domestic pleasures. Over comforting finger-picked acoustic figures and spare piano lines, Shadwick assumes the role of a (mostly) steady partner: “I'm your easy rider / Your precious cargo is safe with me.” While the song is certainly a grateful rumination on a lived-in relationship, it also welcomes the listener into the album’s initial warm contentment.
Check out the brand new video for "Easy Rider" and pre-order the new record below!
Forever Home Pre-order Available Now!
Available on Oceania Blue Marble or Transparent Yellow Swirl colored 12" vinyl,
as well as on CD and for digital download via Bandcamp