The Whisperlights: “Guillotine”

The Whisperlights give the world music that is brimming with all varieties of sound. There are guitars both fuzzed and melodic (often at the same time); there are plucked and pretty strings that flit about and fight for attention; there is Rhodes piano and drums and atmospheric sounds, and so on. And then there’s the vocals, which move from slightly strained to clear and strong.

In their louder and more interesting moments, The Whisperlights remind me of a somewhat-less-chaotic Los Campesinos! At their most melodic, they’d fit in nicely with Broken Social Scene, Andrew Bird or Akron/Family on a mixtape.

The Whisperlights are from Tempe, AZ, and their newest album Wake Up Dead is available for just $5 on their bandcamp site right now. The whole record is full of interesting twists and turns, and is more than worth a listen. Sample some below, and grab the record!

The Whisperlights – Guillotine (Radio Edit) by The Wounded Jukebox

The Whisperlights – Death (Radio Edit) by The Wounded Jukebox


[The Whisperlights on Bandcamp]



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  1. #1 by Yis on January 3, 2011 - 4:52 PM

    I loved the song Death. It convinced me to listen to the whole album.

    • #2 by The Wounded Jukebox on January 3, 2011 - 4:55 PM

      That’s great Yis! It’s a really solid record, and the extended versions of Death and Guillotine are actually pretty awesome as well. Glad you liked it!

  2. #3 by Dan on January 17, 2011 - 4:05 AM

    Man this band is amazing, thanks for the post. I bought the EP and loved it, can’t wait to hear the next one they keep talking about.

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