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Raised by Wolves
2024 Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

May 9, 2005
There's something that seeps through music when a couple is truly in love. Ida, Low and the Fruit Bats all have that certain dynamic of intimacy and harmony that just sounds whole. It's no coincidence that Nathan and Mandy Tensen-Woolery share that sound, they've been in love since high school and craft the same sort of engaging, tender indie pop.

And, though you've likely heard these sounds before, and will doubtlessly recall those three counterparts while listening to Raised by Wolves, true love (and true love pop) never sounds anything but sweet.

To their credit, Fitzgerald does vary their sound quite a lot: the twee, countrified pluck of "How Far North" contrasts nicely with the dodgy, Magnetic Fields style electronics of "The Alligator Wrestler" and the arresting stops and starts of "These Missing Hands - Limbs". In between, the atmosphere is thoroughly lovely and interesting; the couple's voices are idiosyncratic and unexpected, but their harmonies indisputably shine. "Rendered" captures the spirit of Low, but with an honest whimsy that's even more attractive; "Bloody Stumps" evokes Ida, but with a clownishly playful instrument section and silly lyrics - the couple's ability not to take themselves seriously is refreshing, especially within the context of the sometimes wooden folk-pop genre.

Even when recounting heartbreak in "The Folds in Her Dress," Raised by Wolves is an exquisite space to reside in. An honest smile never fades from the record's countenance, and its quest for beauty is almost giddy. The pace never gets so slow, or the instrumentation so bare, that it seems anything but optimistic and free. Fitzgerald never touches downtrodden slowcore or minimalist isolation; they're glad to string up twinkling lights along the acoustic path. It's a really nice change, and it grants the couple not only likeability but grace. This is the way love should sound when it's real - harmonious, detailed, and above all else, happy.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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