Willowen are a band that we've seen a few times and greatly enjoyed so it came as a very pleasant surprise to get their latest single to review. 'Blue Car' represents the latest step in what many believe to be a very promising career ahead.
The tradition of the Christmas tree is said to have come from the pagan practice of bringing green things into the house during the long winter months to remind of the spring and summer to come. In Blue Car, Willowen continue this but in the slightly more up to date form of the MP3.
Upbeat and catchy, the willowy (Willoweny?) vocals of Jasmine Watkiss remind of Mary Hopkin and the single itself seems to be harking back to a summer of flower power. It's poppy with a folky twist and for the festival going listener will no doubt cause recollections of trips to fields in the back of beyond in a car stuffed full of beer and sleeping bags.
The song itself is an ode to the bands' Nissan Micra and is possibly the only single ever to be written to this redoubtable little car. Those readers looking for a small, practical and thrifty vehicle will value it's fuel economy and reliability. Parts can be found quite cheaply too.
Indeed Ms Watkiss displays a highly enjoyable gift for writing touchingly simple and affecting lyrics about what is after all a pretty simple everyday object.
Willowen are part of a growing modern folk scene in the area and have coined their own name for what they do - 'indie quirk folk' and it's a pretty good description of their sound. Lyrically interesting and musically fun the single is a fine representation of the group. Crying out for an animated video to go with it, the track bounces happily along and takes the listener into a world of sun, newly cut grass and picnics involving warm beer.
Ably assisted by the musical talent (and a bit of backing vox) of George Fullerton and Jonny Phillips this is a fine outing for a fine band. We greatly enjoy this. You should too.
'Blue Car' is available from 8th December on Free download. I kid you not FREE, so you have absolutely no excuse.
If you'd like to hear more from Willowen then they are doing a mini single release tour. I'd recommend catching them at one of these 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
The band need to make sure that the blue car is kept on the road what with MOTs, insurance and competitively priced parts so it would be really lovely if you were able to support them by to going along and buying some of their very nice merch.
Have a look here http://willowenmerch.bigcartel.com/