Next week, Professional Fans will be holding a showcase featuring Portland trio WL. The band’s an experimental shoegaze-esque group that is fronted by the addictingly lo-fi and reverbed vocals of bassist Misty Mary. WL’s music is slow, incandescent and uncomplicated – but still manages to grasp your eardrums and not let go until the very last note. The rhythm section is firm and consistent, without any otherworldly showmanship, but rather a testament toward the beauty of easy texture. The synths and small hints of guitar take center stage – creating the overall feel and quality of a musical mosaic. Some songs, like “It Doesn’t Matter,” are harder and faster, but maintain a continuing feel of enchantment throughout.
How does one describe the sounds of WL? I guess that’s the question I’m usually supposed to answer, but it seems there’s a freedom that allows them to create their own sound. In any event, they’re definitely worth taking the time to check out.