When in the hands of those alive with love and purpose, music can go beyond an auditory experience. It can become a means of transformation, an alchemy in which the stuff of everyday life is made eternal. Like this EP titled “REST”. It began with Emily Wilder’s delicate, lovely indie-folk songs, marked by her endearing warble and finger picked acoustic guitar. She reached out to other musicians to join her, and found a group of individuals who, like she, felt a strong desire to make music that moves. They are Laura Kucera, a gifted player of strings; Jamie McMullen, a multi-talented musician with a golden voice; Abe Henderson, a drummer of powerful rhythms; and Jon Balsley, intuitive
electric guitar. Playing together, they found the explosive potential of their shared passions and energy. They found strength in commitment to their music and to each other. They soon became more than any one person’s offerings or talents—they became Great Wilderness.
Producer Victor Nash took the band into the studio and helped coax the bristling magic of their live performance onto this EP, six songs that brim with joy and possibility. Listen closely, and you will hear the hum of the hearts of those in the process of becoming. These songs are hymns that bless and bind, and this band a family who traveled together to entirely new terrain. In the wide world and in each other, Great Wilderness discovered songs of comfort and hope. They found Rest. And now they offer it to you.