Pulled up a favorite of mine that I haven’t listened to in a long time-Weaver at the Loom. If you’re into bands like Coldplay, Deas Vail and Sigur Ros, you’ll fall in love with what WATL brings to your ears, with its beautiful piano/synth leads, atmospheric guitar effects and riffs, soft male vocals and poetic lines. There’s also something very beautiful and bittersweet about his vocal melody lines. It feels sorrowful…so the music is definitely on the mellower side so if you’re wanting something more upbeat and bright, you’ll have to come back to this one. WATL is actually a one-man band by Dan Smith, who self-produces his entire albums, from lyrics, arrangements, and to all of the instrument tracks. Artists + producers like him inspire me so much! Some people work better in collaboration, and others, like Smith and Adam Young (Owl City) seem to do just fine self-producing and working alone. WATL first debut in 2007 with a five track EP, I Was Searching And I Found, followed by two more albums in 2011 and 2016. His first album was recorded in his basement and is more indie rock with more distinct electric guitar leads and rhythm parts. The music has evolved in the latter two, with more computer generated sounds and layered synth tracks. Below are tracks from each of his three albums. Enjoy!
Album: I was Searching And I Found (2007)
Album: Before Now, Was Then (2012)
Album: Lap Dog (2016)
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