North London's '80s-influenced dream pop trio Wyldest features songwriter/producer Zoe Mead, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Mariin Kallikorm, and drummer Jack Gooderham. Mead played in various local bands before founding Wyldest in May 2014. The group won the Green Man Rising competition just a month after forming, earning a slot on the main stage at that year's Green Man festival. The band's Guy Massey-produced debut EP Dark Matter was released in March 2016, receiving praise and airplay from NME and BBC Radio 1. The single "The Poet” arrived in March 2017 as a stopgap release while Wyldest worked on their debut album.