Artist Spotlight: Piano pop-rock anthems from Laini and the Wildfire
Meet Laini and the Wildfire, a piano-fronted pop-rock trio from Connecticut. With swells of elegant rhythms and powerhouse performances, they're a band to fall for.
Everything You Need To Know About Laini and the Wildfire
1. Their band origins: Composed of Laini, her husband Mark, and their close friend Rob, Laini and the Wildfire were born out of a major career change when Laini quit her job as a children's emotional and behavioral therapist to pursue her music full-time. The first time Laini ever sang in front of anybody was at her wedding just three years ago!
2. What to love about CT: Laini claims she'll never be able to move out of Connecticut because she loves New Haven pizza too much.
3. About their song content: "Most of the songs on Wandering [the band's newest album] are written about conflicting feelings on having one life -- as a therapist -- and wanting another -- as a musician."
4. On their band name: Citing dark, difficult times during her seven-year stint as a therapist struggling through emotional situations, Laini wanted the band name to "reflect her creative 'regrowth' as a person after going through that very 'destructive' time," thus she decided to incorporate "wildfire" to remind her of her own journey and the rebirth she experienced after disaster.
5. On other artistic mediums: Laini is a bit of an artistic mastermind. She handmade the mirrored mask seen in the band's "Wandering" music video [dropping December 8th], along with having handcrafted her signature gold glitter piano.
Songs To Smash The Replay Button For
1. "Copilot": The second track off Laini and the Wildfire's full-length record, Wandering, is a glitzy deep-toned slow-roll moving through soulful howls and catchy multi-instrumentation.
2. "Thunder": Later in the record, a rapid sparkling piano rhythm pulses with lingering dull tones as the song grows with shimmering echoes and quick pop beats, exploding into a vibrant singalong.
3. "Sunday": Wandering ends with a stunning ballad, theatrical in its soft, steady piano and impassioned vocals, but it quickly evolves into a surprising sonic landscape of thick percussion and bittersweet lyrics.
Watch Them In Action
1. "Higher" music video: Last year, Laini and the Wildfire released a super cute music video for their first single, "Higher." The camera work is beautiful, panning from Laini traversing a cold day in the city to the band's fuzzy, swirling high-energy jam session.
2. "Wandering" (live for NPR Tiny Desk Concert): For the band's NPR submission, they filmed a minimalist take for one of their most mind-blowing tracks, "Wandering." The video has little ornamentation, but they add a few vintage film-roll effects atop the gorgeous performance for a little flair.
Just for fun, here's a bloopers reel from the band when a pesky pup gets a little frustrated amid Laini's attempt to film a "Merry Little Christmas" video...
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