Anand Wilder shared the new single and video for "Fever Seizure," the latest release from his solo debut LP. The former Yeasayer songwriter will release his debut solo album I Don’t Know My Words on March 25th, 2022 via his new label home, Last Gang. Wilder has also announced a U.S. tour for spring 2022.
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Anand Wilder describes the intense story behind “Fever Seizure” writing, “This is an older autobiographical story song about a frightening episode in which I believed my 9 month old daughter was dying, perhaps choking to death, when in fact it was a very common febrile seizure. I resuscitated this song because I always liked the chordal movement and lyrics, and the song’s reference to ambulances and panic connected with the constant siren sound of spring 2020 in New York City.”
Anand writes about the video, “The main inspiration for the setting was the Phil Ochs ‘Greatest Hits’ album cover, where he’s standing in front of a red curtain in a gold lamé nudie suit, in an Elvis parody/tribute- I wanted to bring the cover to life on super 16mm film. Nick Lowe’s ‘Jesus of Cool’ album cover and the glamour shots of the band members of Roxy Music inside the gatefold on their debut were a reference as well. When we got to set we realized we needed some kind of band to make the background music in the song convincing, so we put a goldfish in my onstage water pitcher. It was his first music video and he was nervous, but he turned in a great performance. And yes, the goldfish does take the form of the golden guitar god for the guitar solo and autograph scene.”
Wilder’s reputation as a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter emerged in the Brooklyn indie rock scene of the late 2000s, where he joined his bandmates in painting on the eclectic palette of synths, strings, and harmonies that defined Yeasayer’s acclaimed psychedelic worldbeat and swerving electro-pop experiments. He was at home writing and fronting big hits like Yeasayer’s “O.N.E.,” and “Wait for the Summer,” but the spirit of community always pervaded his surprising collaborations, from the guest-star-studded recordings of the peculiar rock musical album Break Line (2014) that Wilder composed with college friend Maxwell Kardon, to his occasional production credits for fellow travelers like Suckers and Das Racist.
With I Don’t Know My Words, Wilder turns his multi-instrumentality away from electronica and global genre-hopping toward a more grounded, home-brewed sound. Recording on his own, he played every instrument on the album from plucked cellos and bowed acoustic guitars to oscillating textures of dulcimers and tumbling, song-serving drums.
This spring, Anand will hit the road in celebration of the album with a set of tour dates across North America. The tour will kick off in Toronto on April 27 and commence in Los Angeles on May 16. Full dates below.