In our Austin360 Artist of the Month feature story on the Digital Wild, we discussed how compelling the band’s live shows are, but also how the rhythm-heavy nature of their performances is built on a foundation of songwriting that relies on basic melodic instruments.

It’s fitting, then, that when they came to our studio to play the title track of their new EP “Tall As Trees,” they offered us a stripped-down version revealing the musical core of the song. With James Blair on keyboards and Chelsea Seth Woodward on acoustic guitar, singer Chantell Moody delivers the band’s uplifting message with great clarity.

“Stay out of our way, ’cause we’re coming with a vengeance,” she chants, over a mystical melody that strikes a balance between darkness and light. It’s an intimate look at the Digital Wild’s music, different from how you may have heard them if you’ve seen them in a club. (For a glimpse at how they perform the song onstage, check out our video from the band’s record-release show at Empire last month.)

Austin360’s Artist of the Month for May 2017 is the Digital Wild, featuring (left to right) James Blair, Chantell Moody and Chelsea Seth Woodward. The group recently returned from an East Coast tour to support their new EP “Tall As Trees.” RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN