Whitehorse offers Folk Sophistication
For Those Who Like: Elliot Brood, Jenn Grant, Black Keys, The Kills
In a long line of romantic duos making sweet sweet music together, Whitehorse's Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland play to each other on The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss, out today from Toronto's Six Shooter Records. As sappy as the title is, and although the album drifts a little, there is no doubting Doucet and McClelland's songwriting skills and their ability to make beautiful music together.
Fate of the World… is being released just over one year since their self-titled debut. Backed with additional drums, bass and vocals, this album veers a little into rockabilly territory, but maintains a strong and energetic folk-rock sound that highlights some interesting departures from either of their solo work. A longer album than their last release, the duo kept their promise of delivering a interesting album that incorporates a lot of influences.
Both Doucet and McClelland offer some incredible backgrounds and music prowess, and although The Fate of the World is only Whitehorse's second album, just like their self-titled release, it is already impressing critics. There is more depth, and clearly these two brought out some of the best in each other. Taking past works and influences – like Doucet's work with Sloan's Andrew Scott and McClelland's work with Sarah McLachlan – they merge new sounds and fill out simple melodies. Canadian folkies stick together, and as a result, portions of Fate of the World were recorded in McLachlan's home.
Although this album offers up some very well done rock-folk americana, it is tracks like “Annie Lu” that really stick out – a strongly Canadian folk song. “Wisconsin” showcases the best of both musicians – a beautiful song that pulls together simple melodies, strong writing and a musical intuition that makes it sound loose – like it came together minutes before recording. Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss allows strong Canadian folk roots to produce something quite sophisticated.
– Jenn Prosser
Jennifer Prosser is a Lethbridge resident, and a born and raised Albertan. A blogger, social media coordinator, and freelance journalist – her work can be found on jennprosser.com and on Twitter @JProssa