New Release & Tour: Wilsen – Align

Ahead of Wilsen’s new album Ruiner, released this Friday, Wilsen have unveiled their new single, ‘Align’.

Take a listen…

The band have also announced a London headline show at The Lexington on the 8th October.

Wilsen are a trio comprised of Tamsin Wilson (guitar / vocals), Johnny Simon Jr. (guitar) and Drew Arndt (bass). Partnering with in-demand producer Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver, SASAMI) and mastering engineer Sarah Register (Ariana Grande, Protomartyr, U.S. Girls) to record Ruiner, the follow-up to their debut album, I Go Missing In My Sleep.

“Making this record was somewhat of a coming of age process,” Wilson explains. “We’re getting older and becoming more deliberate, less precious, less measured. Overthinking less and trusting instincts more.”

For Tamsin Wilson, she’s also moving towards self-acceptance. “I have an inherent shyness, and I’m both acknowledging and finding a way with it as I get older.” Throughout the album, she comes to terms with her many sides, including her introversion and her inner, self sabotaging monster to which the album title refers. On ‘Feeling Fancy’, with her distinctively hushed vocals overpowering the track’s clamorous instrumentals, Wilson offers listeners a powerful, and celebratory, declaration that “Quiet’s not a fault to weed out.”

Speaking of new single, ‘Align’, Tamsin explains it’s “‘about the weight and occasional jolting effect of eye contact. That rare experience when connecting eyes throws you into a narrative. The song was arranged with drummer Gabe Smith who helped us trim the excess and stabilise dynamics. His involvement was crucial in our record-making process. We tracked the basics at Douglass Recordings and Johnny’s guitar overdubs at Black Lodge studio, using the original bedroom demo vocal percussion to kick off the song.”

On March 19, the band will kick off a national tour with Poliça before heading to Europe with Black Belt Eagle Scout in May. The band will also play a special album release party this Friday at Rough Trade in New York. You can find a full list of tour dates below…

21 February: New York, NY – The Dance (Album Release Party)
19 March: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon*
20 March: Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
21 March: Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx*
23 March: Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*
24 March: Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz*
25 March: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
27 March: New York, NY – Webster Hall*
28 March: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
29 March: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
31 March: Columbus, OH – The Basement*
1 April: St Louis, MO – Off Broadway*
2 April: Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barn*
10 April: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*
16 April: Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre*
17 April: Vancouver, BC – Venue*
18 April: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom*
20 April: Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s*
21 April: San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
22 April: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom*
24 April: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
25 April: Albuquerque, NM – Sister*
27 April: Austin, TX – Scoot Inn*
28 April: Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co*
29 April: Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St*
30 April: Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck*
1 May: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room*
2 May: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mew*
18 May: Berlin, Germany – Burg Schnabel**
19 May: Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich**
21 May: Utrecht, Netherlands – Brewpub De Kromme Haring**
22 May: Paris, France – Supersonic**
23 May: Brighton, UK – Patterns**
24 May: Leeds, UK – Hyde Park Book Club**
25 May: Glasgow, UK – Broadcast**
26 May: Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute**
27 May: London, UK – Colours**
29 May: Heidelberg, Germany – Queerfestival @ Karlstorbahnhof**
30 May: Brussels, Belgium – Witloof Bar**

8 Oct: London, UK – Lexington***

*supporting Polica
**(solo) supporting Black Belt Eagle Scout
***headline show

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