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Human connection is at the centre of the excellent new album by North London quartet Gengahr. Their captivating 2015 debut A Dream Outside was ethereal and fantastical but here they peel away the layers over 12 tracks of expansive indie-rock. Where Wildness Grows captures one of the UK’s most exciting guitar bands blossoming into something special. “I wanted this album to be more personal than the first one,” says frontman Felix Bushe. “This feels more real and honest, I drew a lot more from myself this time.”

It began with a false start. The band, completed by guitarist John Victor, bassist Hugh Schulte, and drummer Danny Ward, arrived home after a period spent “caught up in the thrill of being on tour” – highlights included visits to Australia and Hong Kong, plus a sold out UK run with a frenzied homecoming show at the Scala – and threw themselves into the creation of their second album. They were almost a year into making it when they realised that they had probably veered off track. “I don’t think we were particularly sure what it is we wanted to do, but we had to go through the process of making mistakes to find out what it was we didn’t want to do,” says Bushe. In their minds, Gengahr wanted to make something undeniable, but ended up with a sound that was more clinical and sterile. “One of the biggest problems initially was the size of the studio,” says Ward. “We couldn’t all play together.”

And that is the key to Where Wildness Grows: it makes sense that a record celebrating human flaws and complex relationships only started to take shape when the band were in a room together, relying more on the rare chemistry they bring out of each other than studio wizardry

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