I realize that there are more than eight months remaining in 2015, but I can’t imagine any album this year having a title as spot-on as the sophomore full-length from under-the-radar duo Triumph of the Wild. “We Come With the Dust” perfectly encapsulates the rollicking music of Ryan Schilling and Christy Barrett, who mix twangy Americana with bluesy guitar rock. There’s a wonderful layer of grit coating the 10-track platter that adds life and character to each and every tune.
The California-based tandem took a five-month sojourn across the Deep South and Texas and absorbed the rich musical histories of every stop along their journey. Multi-instrumentalist Schilling ably handles the musical end of things for Triumph of the Wild, while Barrett’s powerful vocals (she’s earned comparisons to the likes of Janis Joplin) compels you to listen to every syllable.
Opener “California to the Crossroads” is the ideal lid-lifter, setting the tone for the remainder of the 35-minute slab. Schilling and Barnett also sizzle on standouts “Brown Dog Blues,” “Say It to Me,” “No One at th Wheel,” “One is the Number” and “Sleep.” I hope Triumph of the Wild make a tour stop in Pittsburgh in the very near future. You better believe I’ll be there. (Jeffrey Sisk)