“Wylder takes all that is good about indie pop and folk and fuses it into a beautiful, symphonic melody. Emulating the sound of greats like The Polyphonic Spree, Wylder’s quality stands out.” –  Jonathan Goodwin, Deli Magazine


dcmd_logo_150px“Wylder grasps the sentiment ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,’ for all at once you can focus on each strand of melody but not lose any energy of the entire ensemble. The intro quickly starts off with the attractive lead vocal before diving into the chorus, where the harmonizing voices provide energizing unity. It’s an upbeat, end-of-summer song–comparable to something you’d hear from The Head and the Heart.” – Melissa Hersch, D.C. Music Download

“They can perhaps best be paired with another promising band: The Head And The Heart. Both groups have an extraordinary luminosity, a charming musical positivism and eclecticism in their arrangements, and an absolutely admirable fusion of styles.” – Pacopepe Gil,

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“The majority of the record is a display of emotionally deep disclosure, detailing a loss and reflecting on the after effect of that departure. The group’s attractive songwriting gives their less-than-mainstream band arrangement a much more mainstream style frame – to the point where 40 or so minutes loaded with prominently mixed string lines; crisp finger picking; and unison, chorus-style backing vocals should be right at home in the music libraries of roots and indie folks alike.” – Kira Grunenberg, No Depression


“Beloved readers, I don’t want to bore you.  I don’t want you to have to get a dictionary out to decipher what I’m trying to say about Rain and Laura.  So here it is in a nutshell: I love this record, and here’s why: The album is 10 songs of sheer genius; the instrumentation is impeccable, Each track is lyrically clever and expertly crafted, Even the song placement is purposeful and well-thought out.”  Susan Hubbard, Mother Church Pew


“Spry and uplifting in ways that Belle and Sebastian, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Fleet Foxes are when they aren’t pushing the idea that life sucks. Even during the group’s contemplative moments (the slow romantic dirge of “At the End’), it shades its symphonious melancholy with indubitable resolve.” – Chris Bopst, Style Weekly


“Insightful folk music that blends candid melodies with ornate arrangements… The robust chamber folk sounds on Rain And Laura are as delightful as they are appealing, with an ambitious charm that allows the methodical arrangements to wash over you. For a band working without the amenities offered to major label acts, these arrangement definitely stand out as a noteworthy element to Wylder’s debut.” – Doug Nunnally, RVA MAGAZINE