“My mind travels through memories. I only remember the sweetest of these. I only remember the sweetest things.”
Hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing. Quite often nostalgia plays tricks on our thoughts and as a result we remain in love with misplaced memories rather than true occurrences. In their song, Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight), Los Angeles trio The Wild Reeds help us decipher these hazy snapshots of our past with a different perspective, as they seek closure from a relationship that – upon reflection – was less than picture perfect.
Taken from their EP ‘Best Wishes’, this painfully beautiful but respectfully honest folk-rock gem strums through travelling thoughts of three hearts as they recollect all the ways in which love was offered but inconceivably blocked by the recipients highly built walls. “Heartbreak can be like a broken record that repeats the good songs and skips the bad ones,” says singer Sharon Silva as the gloriously soothing harmonies contributed by herself and fellow singers Kinsey Lee and Mackenzie Howe give way to an explosive yet cathartic release of pain.
As the song escalates in height, as does the girls attempts to optimistically rise above the situation. Reflecting the context of their EP, the song ends on a final exchange of words: “Keep her close now, keep her happy, keep her wanting / don’t desert her now, the way that you did me / cook her breakfast, share your music, tell your secrets / give it all like you never plan to leave / did you plan to leave?” By offering bittersweet ‘best wishes’ towards their lost love and his someone new, they are finally able to release themselves from the broken pieces of their past.
The Wild Reeds EP Best Wishes is out now.