Removed from playing his first U.S. shows, we're anxious to hear from London artist Will Westerman, in particular his angelic voice. Lofty Nick Drake and Arthur Russell comparisons are well-earned, and in a modern sense, his dreamy, deeply emotional soundscapes echo Bon Iver, early James Blake, and the subtler moments of last year's acclaimed album by The 1975. His story is more like something from an adventure book, having started with folk music, then tying in electronic vibes with a producer he happened to meet along the way. Westerman is currently working on his debut LP and plans to release it this fall in 2019. And being a one man project, I wonder if Westerman and Pronoun would get along?...
Wicca Phase Springs Eternal
We're ending with one more from Tiny Engines Records, the same label that signed Nanami Ozone and are doing great for the year of 2019. New York City's Wild Pink make panoramic rock music that's like the War on Drugs, but with more emphasis on poetic, storytelling lyrics, and a little alt-country thrown in. Wild Pink is a band that deserves attention but if you told them that, they'd probably deny it. Or at least that's the vibe we're catching from them. Their 2018 sophomore effort Yolk In the Fur is a downright spellbinding listen. If it arrived on one of the bigger indie labels, like say Matador or Sub Pop, it would have been all over last year's year-end lists. Tiny Engines suggests they've got more in store for 2019, so here's to hoping for their third LP in as many years.