“Seventeen” is not just a number for the young duo Wild Fire. It’s a song that bridges the mind of a teenager, runs amuck with uncertainty and confidence all-at-once, and the smooth melodies of sisters combining voices. Proving they can take it as it comes and be calm, cool and collected at the same time, the Houston duo Wild Fire rack up the reasons to love their newest song. Adding to the sonic experience is a quirky, but fun music base that grooves its way into your soul. There’s a magic happening here — and Wild Fire is behind it.
Sisters Kayla and Kelli Iutzwig, the force that is Wild Fire, are based in Houston, Texas. The Iutzwig’s join an impressive list of Houston music royalty that includes Beyoncé, Kenny Rogers, Travis Scott, Lecrae and many more. They seem to capture the Southern twang, but roll more into the pop world with slight nuances. Listening to this song, it feels almost natural to think that “Seventeen” could be placed into a coming-of-age movie to television series. The song’s pace is fun, upbeat and peaks the listener’s interest. I felt like I wanted to keep listening because not only did the guitar work make me happy, but it seemed like I wanted to hear what it was going to do. Would it stay the same, or surprise me. I think the guitar work dabbles into folk/Americana and almost ends up being rock. I really dug the way it evolved by the song’s end.
The other evolution occurs within the song’s lyrics. It might convey indecisiveness or contradictions, but it owns up to it. It’s exciting being a part of this development, of the emotional journey. When these sisters sing, it’s like the sun is reaching from behind the clouds and you have a direct view to the sunlight. I’m reminded of the 1999 song “Harmless” by Midwestern sister vocal group, Mulberry Lane. Those sibling harmonies soar and reach to ends that are impossible to replicate in a studio or with a fancy app. One might live vicariously through their voices, as if they were flying above the clouds, feeling invincible. Touchless. Weightless. I think if this song were sung by a male, it would be a completely different outcome. Because it’s sung by two females, the lines seem more sincere. The song endures as much as it is endearing. The unbreakable sister bond that transpires is absolute. This song puts forth a myriad of emotions: insecurity, confidence, laissez-faire and even growing pains. You get it all, but by the end of “Seventeen” you soon realize that it’s just part of being a teenager.
Wild Fire light up the musical scene with the great “Seventeen”. I highly encourage parents of young music fans to (and themselves) to take a listen. I think they might learn a thing or two about what’s happening in the minds of their teenager. And, it’s always a nice thing to take a chance on a new song — “Seventeen” is that chance.