Wylder singer-guitarist Will McCarry is the first to admit that he’s the driving force behind the band’s ethereal indie-rock sound.

“Wylder has been an exercise in the three of [my bandmates] indulging my sensibilities,” McCarry says. “The choices that we made on [new album] ‘Golden Age Thinking’ are informed by the kind of record that I’ve had in my head for a long time.”

That album, released in July, is full of lush strings, nervous energy and big harmonies, while also shedding some of the more traditional folk influences from the band’s 2016 debut “Rain and Laura.”

“I think there’s this funny line where [McCarry] brings a song that is probably 75 percent all the way there,” drummer Mike Pingley says, “and then we all get together and add our ideas and work on the vibe.”

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Wylder was born in 2015 as an outgrowth of McCarry’s college band, the folk pop group Save the Arcadian, which formed while he was a student at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg in 2012. When McCarry graduated, he rebranded as Wylder, tweaked the lineup and started working toward a new sound. Now a four-piece, Wylder is technically based in D.C., where McCarry lives, but his bandmates reside in Reston, Richmond and Fredericksburg — spread out but close enough that it’s easy for the band to tour regionally.

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McCarry’s songwriting on “Golden Age Thinking” was inspired in large part by the titular phrase, which he cribbed from Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris.”

“It’s the idea that there was once a time that was better,” McCarry says. “The second part of that is achieving that time — getting back to it.”

And while nostalgia for the past is a big part of our culture, McCarry rejects that notion.

“Golden age thinking shouldn’t drive our choices,” he says. “You shouldn’t be searching for that perfect time from your past. Life really is about living in the moment, ultimately.”

Show: Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. thesoundry.com. $10-$15.

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