The gradual creative ascent of Why Bonnie feels diametrically opposed to their warm, leaning-into-the-afternoon songs, especially since they've been at it since they formed in 2018. The Brooklyn-via-Texas quintet has paid their dues with a pair of introductory EPs that showed their tendency to blend rustic Americana with faint distortion. The band lives up to that promise on their debut full-length 90 in November, which pleasantly drifts from one track to the next while retaining a robust musical backbone.
Texas by way of NYC
The Bandcamp blurb for Why Bonnie's debut LP, 90 In November, focuses largely on its inspiration through singer and songwriter Blair Howerton's pandemic experiences after moving to New York City and her longing for the endless horizon of her native Texas. It's a fitting introduction to this album, not only because you can feel the nostalgia which seeps through these tunes, but also because the contrast between a densely populated metropolis and the sprawling countryside of a vast state echoes the rather diverse musical influences at play here.
Indeed, the record's sound eschews easy classification, with Why Bonnie's identification with dream pop meeting with a number of other strands.