Posted February 15, 2023 by Vicky Thompson in Alt Pop/Rock

Wild Horse – “Cougar”

Photo Credit: Andrew Porter

Funky indie rock-pop trio Wild Horse impress with their single “Cougar.” The Brighton, UK-based lads jump on the track with some bubbly and feel-good sounds, telling the tale of a powerful yet unhappy woman trying to escape the ball and chain of a broken marriage, with the use of psychedelics and one-night stands.

The empowering – yet also extremely despairing – track does well to highlight the contrast between freedom and recklessness. The “mushroom haze” of “Cougar” contextualizes the actions and emotions in a story-like manner that puts the “Cougar” as the main character of their tale — similar to the likes of The 1975 and the Arctic Monkeys.

The funky riffs and raspy vocals make this track not only perfect for an exciting wine-filled and broken-heeled ladies night out, but also a more morose effort that encapsulates the essence of frustrations that can be the result of an unhappy marriage.

The trio land a spot in a simple yet British essence of indie pop-rock with their ability to model direct lyrics that highlight the thoughts and feelings behind secret desire and bitter revenge. They do this by simultaneously creating a versatile feel-good, easy-listening tune that you can play on both an energetic Saturday night and a reflective Sunday morning.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Vicky Thompson

A vibrant and quirky music journalist who loves cheese, chocolate and a good old natter!