Archer Prewitt has been putting out intelligent, sophisticated pop music for some time now, and Wilderness is another absolute gem. There's a certain sense of melancholy running throughout, but this is often belied by the upbeat music, which often takes unexpected yet totally natural twists and turns. Tempos change in mid-tune, and sparse accompaniment will suddenly blossom into a lush cinematic sound with horns and strings, as on the majestic coda to "Cheap Rhyme." The band is spot-on, and the album has an inviting, relaxed sound.
Archer Prewitt's work embodies the spirit of a true Renaissance man. Creator of the Sof’ Boy comic strip, founding member of the beloved retro-lounge act the Coctails, lead guitar player in The Sea and Cake and an occasional solo artist, Prewitt’s career has embraced a number of different musical styles and, to this day, seems an embodiment of Castiglione’s advice to sustain a number of different projects and interests. The Sea and Cake, of course, started out as a super group of sorts, comprised of members of Shrimp Boat, the Coctails and Tortoise.