Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild is a beautiful oxymoron. Kivel’s second album, a combination of mellow, pop-folk tracks, is anything but wild as the album never quite builds enough to reach the nomer.
Which is not to say that this album is boring. Hypnotic and primarily acoustic, Days of Being Wild has a distinct west coast vibe — fitting, as Kivel is from Los Angeles. The vocals on Kivel’s sophomore album are compelling, a mix of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos’s falsettos.