Willowen – Blue Car review

Hailing from Bournemouth, three piece Willowen have had a brilliant 2014; highlights being the release of their debut self-titled album and playing festivals such as Isle of Wight and Larmer Tree. They’re bringing the year to a close with the release of new single Blue Car, and several live dates (below) to promote it. The new single, which can be streamed below and is available for free download on BandCamp, was released on December 8th.

The trio are pioneers. Their music forms a bizarre self-titled genre of indie quirk-folk, and instead of taking the “usual” route of penning life changing experiences into their music, Blue Car is an ode to their small Nissan Micra that’s seen them around the country to shows. That alone should hint to their quirkier side.

Light, three part harmonies lean much closer towards a summer vibe in the music than the winter release would imply, and the storytelling aspect of the tracks leads it. In a fantastic clash of old folk meets new indie, the track rolls and develops with undeniable fluidity. Simply luscious albeit a tad out of season, this is a track for those who want to start spring early, or fancy something a little less conventional in their style.

Single release live dates:
27th December – SALISBURY, Winchester Gate
29th December – NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
30th December – BOURNEMOUTH, Stage in the Town Square (3pm start)
2nd January – ALDERHOLT, St James’ Church
3rd January – SOUTHAMPTON, Art House

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