Coming to Smile for 2020 we have Will Whisson, performing solo, which is ever becoming a rarity as he looks to start out 2020 with a new album and a full band behind him.
‘Out of the Woods’ is the title of Will Whisson’s debut album set for release in the fall of 2019 and has been in the making for a period of 15 months. Having just come off of a 3 month solo European tour, Will began work for the album by setting up a small home studio in Kent to write and experiment extensively in.The album would later take him to London and Wales before finally being recorded in Ireland.The title, chosen for its double barrel meaning, reflects the long periods of time spent in isolation riddled with uncertainties and self-doubt whilst at the same time also symbolises the completion of the project and with it, a renewed sense of balance.With influences that include The War on Drugs, Angus & Julia Stone, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons, the record sways between hypnotic passages of music that are unafraid of taking their time to more impactful and euphoric singalongs. Recorded in Kells, Ireland, with the expertise of super producer Martin Quinn, the pair meticulously sculpted every sound to the tiniest of details with Will recording every instrument aside from the drums. This collection of songs is Will’s most ambitious body of work to date and showcases songs that would have been impossible to comprehend when he started his journey back in 2016.It’s a story that began with an acoustic guitar and a rusty old campervan in the hope of becoming a travelling musician via the route of busking on streets all over Europe. Now, with two EPs, hundreds of gigs and thousands of miles under his belt, not to mention a hugely successful recent Kickstarter campaign and all thanks to a strong grassroots following, the release of his debut album is a fitting way to cap a journey that is rare, real and hard to match. Will currently lives in London