New Release & Video: Wilsen – Ruiner

Wilsen, the Brooklyn-based trio comprising Tamsin Wilson (guitar/vocals), Johnny Simon Jr. (guitar) and Drew Arndt (bass), release their new album, Ruiner, on 21st February.

The group, who just announced a major North American tour with Poliça, today release the album’s title track as a single, along with a stunning video directed by Stephen Michael Simon…

As Tamsin Wilson explains, “‘Ruiner’ is about meeting your various inner selves and a promise to be better. It was written after a moment of self-sabotage and I wanted to address the inner monster who was responsible.”

The album was produced by Andrew Sarlo, who has been praised for his production work on Big Thief’s entire catalogue and Bon Iver’s i.i, and mastered by Sarah Register, who has worked with artists as diverse as Ariana Grande, Protomartyr and U.S Girls.

Ruiner dissolves both the heavy reverb and ethereal moments found on Wilsen’s first recording by instead letting the band’s essentials – drums, bass, guitar and vocals – have centre stage. In the album’s opening moments you might hear a knotted wash of guitars and Wilson softly humming, for a brief moment returning you to their dreamscape, but then, sharply, a driving rock rhythm comes into focus and so, too, does a revitalised band. While Wilsen have retained elements of their fragility, on ‘Ruiner’ they use bolder sounds and play with gritty textures and jarring grooves. See ‘Birds II’, which centres on a piercing guitar line or the crunchy ‘Down’, which is powered by a riotous percussion section. Wilsen are moving with purpose towards something, not away from it.

“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,” she says. “I’m acknowledging and finding a way with it as I get older.” Throughout the record, 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.”

Wilsen embark on a major North American tour with Poliça in 2020:

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


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