Alexander Wildwood was raised on the seas, sailing the world on a yacht as a boy to a soundtrack of Neil Young and The Beach Boys. And it is by the sea that his music was born. In a home studio only moments from the beach on New Zealand’s picturesque East Coast, the songwriter and producer (PleasePlease, Neesh) is creating a new noise inspired by his surroundings. US blog All Things Go says Wildwood's debut release is “the start of something special” and “recalls current greats like Bombay Bicycle Club and The Neighbourhood”. His music's already making waves having been chosen to support Australia's Boy & Bear on their New Zealand tour in September. The songs showcase Wildwood’s musical and poetic maturity, channelling the prose of literary pioneers Hemingway, Salinger and Bukowski. The lyrics – like journal entries laid bare – are delivered over genre-defying soundscapes of layered guitars and vocals. The multi-instrumentalist produces and records his own music, using studio time to experiment, innovate and reflect. This freedom allows songs to evolve, and creativity to flow naturally – and it shows. The result is an organic hybrid of indie-rock/folk with a polished pop sensibility. Wildwood’s first offering, mixed by Nic Manders and mastered by Andy Vandette (David Bowie, The Beastie Boys, Metric) in New York, is a journey through the realities and existential pains of life. Each song is a story that surges and recedes like the tide. “I’m always writing,” Wildwood says. “People often think I’m in a day dream away from the world, but in my mind I can hear this song that exists in potential and I’m trying to write it.” A debut EP is expected in late 2014.