10 Years in the Making, New York City’s Wyld Olde Souls Release New Album ‘Ensoulment’

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Female-fronted psychedelic folk rock band The Wyld Olde Souls return with “Ensoulment,” a lushly produced, brand new 14-song studio album on May 20, 2011, on My Generation Productions. The album will be distributed digitally through The Orchard and available on CD through retail outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.

“It’s been over 10 years since our last release,” says singer/songwriter Ivy Vale. “That sounds like a confession, doesn’t it? There have been births, deaths, break-ups, marriages, degrees, reunions . . . we always thought we’d get this album out sooner, but real life dramas have a way of taking over. ‘Ensoulment’ is a direct reflection of our emotional experiences as we careen through life without the proper armor. Our songs are about unrequited love, nature, fleeting love, seduction, despair, love that will never be, self-realization, and ultimately letting go.”

Meshing medieval and Indian music with a passion for late 60s British folk rock, The Wyld Olde Souls’ 6-song debut “Poems From the Astral Plane” (on Parallel World, in 2000) gained a cult status among European collectors of the femme folk psych genre. In addition to fervent reviews from abroad describing the band as "mysterious," "bewitching," "classy," "magical," and "transcendent,” the CD is endorsed by Tom Rapp, founder of Pearls Before Swine, who said, “It's good to see that someone is still exploring folk and psychedelia and doing it so well.”

This year, The Wyld Olde Souls shared the stage with Grammy winner Roberta Flack at the New York Celebrates George Harrison Concert, produced by Flower Power Creative and Sid Bernstein (the man who brought The Beatles to America). Steve Marinucci from the Examiner.com called The Wyld Olde Souls "a very intriguing quintet of vocalists & instrumentalists who definitely take top honors for originality." Reverb Nation selected The Wyld Olde Souls from over one million bands as their Featured Artist of the Week, putting them in the Indie Spotlight. "The Wyld Olde Souls combine folk, rock, progressive and Celtic music into their musical pot 'o' gold with sweet enchanting vocals to grab you instantaneously and leave a lasting impression." (Muzikreviews.com)

Ensoulment complete track listing:

1) Ferris Wheel (I. Vale) (5:21)            
2) Give it to You (R. Reil, I. Vale) (3:02)            
3) Take Me There (I. Vale) (4:10)            
4) The Dam (M. Reil) (4:01)                
5) Wyld Maiden (I. Vale) (5:10)                
6) My Lost Way (J. Grant, I. Vale) (3:40)                
7) I Talk to the Wind (I. McDonald, P. Sinfield, G. Lake, M. Giles, R. Fripp) (4:31)    
8) Anything (I. Vale) (5:20)                    
9) Love in Transition (R. Reil) (5:23)    
10) Maybe (I. Vale) (2:38)                    
11) Undertow (I. Vale) (6:02)                
12) Where There is Light (I. Vale) (5:24)    
13) Worn Out (Music: R. Reil, I. Vale Words: Elizabeth Siddal) (4:31)    
14) Leave Her (I. Vale) (5:17)    

The Wyld Olde Souls are Ivy Vale (lead vocals, guitar), Rick Reil (vocals, electric/acoustic lead guitar, electric sitar), Melissa Davis (vocals), Kristin Pinell Reil (vocals, flute, guitar, mandolin), and Naren Budhakar (tablas). Rick Reil and Kristin Pinell Reil are also members of the critically acclaimed New Jersey psychedelic power pop band The Grip Weeds (Rainbow Quartz/Wicked Cool Records). Naren Budhakar has studied with renowned tabla maestro Samir Chatterji and performed with a wide range of eastern and western artists including Terry Riley, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Alms for Shanti, and La Monte Young.

An Album Release Party for “Ensoulment” featuring a live performance by The Wyld Olde Souls will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Drom, 85 Avenue A (between 5th and 6th Street) in New York City from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Tickets are available at http://www.dromnyc.com.

The band will be interviewed and perform live on WFMU 91.1 FM Jersey City, NJ on Monday, June 6th, from Noon - 3:00 PM on Irene Trudel’s show. Live stream at http://www.wfmu.org.

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