Evelyn Cools draws on inspiration from musical heroes such as Stevie Nicks, Simon & Garfunkel – which shines through on the new song ‘Wilder Mind‘ which is also the title track of her recently released EP. It’s a multi-layered folk-pop-rock song which hauntingly floats on a sea of backing vocals as Cools quests for the way forward to a new and better world. Of ‘Wilder Mind‘ she says “While there is no roadmap to life, all the answers we are looking for lie within us, if we only make the effort to recognize who we truly are at our core.”
Cools is originally from Belgium, but since 2018 has lived in different parts of the U.S., moving between California, New York, New Jersey, and Arizona. In collaboration with producer Enrique Lara, the ‘Wilder Mind‘ EP was recorded remotely with musicians across the United States. Demos and backing vocals were recorded in Cools’ closet in New Jersey, while instruments were tracked in Lara’s Los Angeles living room, and lead vocals were finally recorded at engineer Eddie Jackson’s home studio in Scottsdale, AZ. With the power of technology – many voice messages and in-session Zoom sessions later – the team produced a record that is powerful and incredibly cohesive, despite the physical distance.