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Wyldest shows adulation for a treasured accomplice on the touching “Abilene”, announces new album

Zoe Mead aka Wyldest will release her new album Feed The Flowers Nightmares on September 9 through Hand In Hive. It will feature recent anthem “The Best Is Yet To Come” as well as today’s new track “Abilene”. Of the new song, Mead reveals:

“Abilene is about someone I love and miss dearly. We spent a lot of time together within the space of a few years and it’s always tough accepting that a time is over. Sharing creative goals with people can create particularly intense relationships. Performing music for example, you get to know people in such an intimate way – touring and having amazing/challenging times together.

“This particular friend needed to move back to her home country and it just wasn’t feasible to make music together anymore, l felt a little exposed, like a cushion that had been propping me up for 3 years had been pulled out from behind me.”

Wyldest flips the script from the outgoing “The Best Is Yet To Come”, becoming more insular on this tender new track. Describing her thought-scape, “Abilene” features electronic drums skittering across atmospheric and glistening tones, creating a pastel-hued atmosphere where Mead can drop all pretences and speak openly about how much she cherishes and misses her distant collaborator. “I’m never gonna be the same without you,” she states bluntly in the affecting bridge, before the song blossoms into a delicate chorus where she simply repeats “Abilene” and makes the promise “I’ll think of you”. Through her open-hearted narrative and deftly catchy arrangement – topped with a subtle bouquet of violin – she simply but effectively makes us understand just how much a part of her “Abilene” was, and we feel the acute pain of her absence.

Watch the video for “Abilene” below or listen on streaming platforms.

Wyldest’s new album Feed The Flowers Nightmares comes out on September 9 through Hand In Hive (pre-order/save). You can find Wyldest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

She’ll be playing these live dates:

September 9th – Rough Trade, London
September 11th – Rough Trade, Nottingham
September 12th – Rough Trade, Bristol
September 19th – Brighton, Latest Music Bar
September 20th – London, The Lexington
September 21st – Manchester, Gullivers
September 22nd – Newcastle, Cluny2
September 23rd – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
September 24th – Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
September 27th – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
September 28th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
September 29th – Bristol, Crofters Rights
October 1st – Southampton, The Joiners