William Wild is the moniker of 24-year-old Alternative singer-songwriter Garrett Sale. Born and raised at the foothill of the Appalachian Mountains in Knoxville, TN, Sale began to pursue music while attending The University of Tennessee.
It was there that Sale worked on his first collection of recordings with Knoxville friends and fellow musicians, eventually releasing a self-titled LP under the name “William Wild” (the nickname of a local homeless man).
Sale then embarked on a solo journey through Europe, where he wrote four of the six songs on his new EP, Steady Now. Continuing with the layered vocals, lush strings, dark tones of the debut album, Steady Now explores Sale’s search for peace while wrestling with self-pity, guilt and materialism.
The title track is a beautifully intense experience as he sings “Oh death won’t you give me a second chance. I’m looking for an easy way out. I need it more than the company I’m searching for.”
The album’s most cutting song “When I’ve Been Gone” is also his most personal, written from the perspective of his father who had been homeless for 5 years.
“This song is about my last interaction with him, two days before he died on the streets,” he says. “I told him I was done helping him out, and that if he wanted to get better it was on him. He was a bastard child and lived a hard life, he made it work for a while but then fell back into drugs.” It’s an emotionally intense experience as he sings “What about those times I almost changed? What do they mean?”
The opening song “Sleeptalk” finds him consumed by anxiety with a romantic relationship to stabilize himself. “Even when you run like a bullet shot out of a gun,” he sings, “I’m gonna let you know where you need to be”.
Hazy guitars, dusty keys, and blurry pedal steel illuminate the recordings of weighty songs immersed in loss, fear of failure, and the worthiness of human existence. With plush nostalgic pop sensibilities, Steady Now radiates tranquility. In an atmosphere of warmth, the listener is invited to delve into psyche of kindred spirits. It is there that unfaltering refuge is found.
"His songs weave to together a straight-ahead purity of heart tangled up by loss, despair, hope, and love, telling stories of the ways that our emotions sometimes get the better of us and the ways we strive to come to terms with them." - Dan Carrigan, No Depression
“Veil” really sets the mood for the entire record with its effortless beauty. The whole song rings with a misty-mountain ambiance. The voice of lead singer/guitarist Garrett Sale is haunting throughout, and his falsetto gave me goose bumps. - Cameron Scott, The Bark