Looking at a blank sheet of paper is a lot like looking at an empty summer calendar. Many possibilities and perhaps too many ways to venture into – a soundtrack to your summer can sometimes formulate after the fact. Not if it were up to Wild Fire. This female duo have powerhouse voices and a song that more than sets the stage for summer love and lots of memories to be made – “We Got The Summer” is all about discovering and dreaming.
The wishful thinking behind “We Got The Summer” are Houston, Texas sisters Kelli and Kayla Iutzwig. Yes, they cheated (kidding of course)when it comes to having advantage with heightened harmonies. When their voices become one it’s like 15 Taylor Swifts. They have natural pop-sounding voices, with just whispers of Texas twang. Wild Fire’s voices go together so well it also reminded me of another indie country duo – The Belles—only The Belles are comprised of a mother and daughter a-la The Judds.
Both are still in their teens, and the lyrics in “We Got The Summer” gravitate towards younger audiences. That doesn’t mean the song isn’t good. On the contrary, the song is excellent. It’s structured in a way that wastes no time, in other words, it’s radio ready. It’s a bit like a country fried version of Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” with the line “I never felt like this before, a week ago, I never knew your name, crazy how things change.” The line “I’m thinking every night this summer, let’s be with each other” is cute.
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The music bed in “We Got This Summer” is a strong mix of country rock, pop and a tinge of bluegrass. I think that’s where the Houston-homeland comes into their sound. It’s far reaching and modern. Because they are female voices I think the default is to compare to Taylor Swift, but her impact is just too great. That’s not entirely fair. Wild Fire are not trying to emulate any other artist, and in “We Got This Summer” they have forged their own musical path. They are confident female singers. Country fans and pop rock fans alike should take notice.
I felt nostalgic listening to this track. This song just cries out for being outdoors or riding bikes on the boardwalk. I can almost picture young couples, walking hand-in-hand, sweaty palms walking along the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Or, hearing this blared on the city pool’s loud speaker, where during adult break swim time, the cluster of teenage girls are all singing in unison to this very song. It’s about living one’s best life. It’s about connection and Wild Fire have an instant rapport with the listener. It’s about taking a chance on something and bravely starting to see yourself being with another person. It’s an ode to love. I felt like this song is also a wakeup call that if you do like someone, and you are attracted to them, say it. Don’t wait. Life’s too short, and summer is almost here.
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