Wolf Saga’s Auburn Nights, is the instant classic synthpop album you need in your life.
If you’ve been sleeping on Wolf Saga, now’s the time to get acquainted.
Storming onto the scene with a slew of killer remixes, covers, and 80s-inspired interpretations of everyone from Foster the People and The Strokes, to Lorde and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolf Saga is elevating his game with every release.
Toronto-based Johnny Saga is the fast-rising Anishinaabe singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist behind the project, and he’s been rocking a consistently deadly hybrid electronic style that effortlessly blends synth-pop melodic sensibilities with indie rock cred and buttery, analogue elements. Check his recent set of Sessions X videos for a taste.
After dropping dope sets of covers and remixes over the past two years, Wolf Saga released My Time, his debut EP of original music, in 2014. He’s been racking up accolades along the way: his epic SoundCloud stream has been clocking record numbers (his collab cover of The Strokes’ “You Only Live Once” is currently sitting at +614,000 plays and was one of the HypeMachine Zeitgeist‘s 50 most-blogged songs of 2014), and his Vine-tastic video for “Our Time” is pushing 500k views on YouTube.
Wolf Saga’s blowing up the internet and it’s easy to hear why.
The title track from his latest Auburn Nights EP immediately brings to mind not only everyone’s favourite whistled hook from the mid-oughts (a song that, yes, is another one he’s covered), but also Johnny’s own penchant for polished production, lush pop grooves, and immediately infectious electronics.
“All In”, featured here in both its original form and a New Division remix, is a perfect pop composition straight out of swirling synthesized worlds of early MGMT, while “Walls” is a head-nodding, breezy blend of catchy guitar lines and Johnny’s captivating vocal hooks—that pay special homage to the life of his grandmother and the teachings she passed down to him.
Auburn Nights goes deep on some neon summer, 80s-iridescent vibes—it’s a perfect sunny accompaniment to the final wave of summer heat that we can all feel shimmering by. Johnny says the new EP is all about “following your dream, finding real love, and gender equality”.
We like where he’s headed. And it’s going to be big. Time to run with the Wolf.
PREMIERE: Stream Wolf Saga’s “Auburn Nights”
Catch Wolf Saga live in Los Angeles on September 14th for the Auburn Nights EP release party.