Release Date: Mar 15, 2011
Record label: Absolutely Kosher
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
"Every sunrise I see takes the piss out of me/And there's cold tea in our loving cup," sings Dan Willson on his band's debut. A crack-voiced folkie who was raised an evangelical Christian, Willson warbles about crises of faith, sexual frustration and assorted bummers over wobbly folk grooves. But as melodic wimps go, he's up there with fellow Scots Belle and Sebastian; his tunes are full of warm, woozy singsong charm.
Withered Hand is basically Dan Wilson, a Scottish singer-songwriter who was actually worried his voice was too high and didn’t begin singing until he was well into his 20s. His voice is fairly high, and may be off-putting to some listeners, as it’s also creaky, breaking and often off-key. I found it growing on me and becoming endearing and honest after a few listens, and his voice isn’t the central focus here.