Wilsen – Ruiner
Labels:Secret City Records
Number of Tracks:1
From the Album:Ruiner
Available Date & Time: Oct 31 2019 11:32:00 EDT
Impact Date: Nov 18 2019 00:00:00
Sophomore LP Ruiner out February 21 via Secret City Records
On Tour with Poliça in 2020 – Dates Below!
Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver, SASAMI)
Mastered by Sarah Register (Ariana Grande, Protomartyr, U.S. Girls)
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“'Ruiner' dissolves both the heavy reverb and ethereal moments found on their first recording by instead letting the band’s essentials – drums, bass, guitar, and vocals – have center stage … While Wilsen have retained elements of their fragility, on Ruiner they use bolder sounds and play with gritty textures and jarring grooves.” – American Songwriter
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Wilsen, the Brooklyn-based trio of Tamsin Wilson (guitar/vocals), Johnny Simon Jr. (guitar) and Drew Arndt (bass), will release their new album Ruiner on February 21 via Secret City Records / Dalliance Recordings. With the announcement they share the album's title track along with an accompanying video directed by Stephen Michael Simon; https://www.youtube.
"'Ruiner' is about meeting your various inner-selves and a promise to be better," explains Tamsin Wilson. "It was written after a moment of self-sabotage and I wanted to address the inner monster who was responsible."
The album was produced by Andrew Sarlo, who has been praised for his production work on Big Thief's entire catalog and Bon Iver's i,i, and mastered by Sarah Register who has worked with artists as diverse as Ariana Grande, Protomartyr and U.S. Girls.
Ruiner dissolves both the heavy reverb and ethereal moments found on their first recording by instead letting the band’s essentials – drums, bass, guitar, and vocals – have center stage. In the album’s opening moments, you might hear a knotted wash of guitars and Wilson softly humming, for a very brief moment returning you to their dreamscape but sharply, a driving rock rhythm comes into focus and so too does a revitalized band. While Wilsen have retained elements of their fragility, on Ruiner they use bolder sounds and play with gritty textures and jarring grooves.
"Making this record was somewhat of a coming of age process," Wilson explains. "We're getting older and becoming more deliberate, less precious, less measured. Overthinking less and trusting instincts more."
For Tamsin Wilson, she’s also moving towards self-acceptance. “I have an inherent shyness," she says. "I'm acknowledging and finding a way with it as I get older." Throughout the record, she comes to terms with her many sides, including her introversion and her inner, self-sabotaging monster to which the album title refers. On "Feeling Fancy," with her distinctively hushed vocals overpowering the track’s clamorous instrumentals, Wilson offers listeners a powerful, and celebratory, declaration that "Quiet’s not a fault to weed out."
Ruiner is the follow-up to Wilsen's critically-acclaimed debut album I Go Missing In My Sleep, which UPROXX called "2017's finest folk debut." Stereogum proclaimed, "Wilson is capable of drawing blood with swift lyrical jabs that strike chords you didn’t see coming," while NPR Music said, "[Wilson is] a major revelation: a singer whose moody, calmly dreamy voice would sound amazing in just about any genre or context."
WILSEN TOUR DATES:
03.19.20 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
03.20.20 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
03.21.20 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
03.23.20 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
03.24.20 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
03.25.20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03.27.20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03.28.20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03.29.20 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03.31.20 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
04.01.20 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
04.02.20 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barn
04.10.20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04.16.20 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
04.17.20 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue
04.18.20 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04.20.20 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
04.21.20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04.22.20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
04.24.20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04.25.20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
04.27.20 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
04.28.20 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co
04.29.20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St
04.30.20 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
05.01.20 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
05.02.20 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
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