So common are those affected vocals that have you wondering if this singer always sounds a little bit like they've got a cold when they speak in real life, or as if they're cooing at a baby, that it's a real surprise when you hear something different. Especially when what you're about to listen to has been labelled 'dream folk'. Tamsin Wilson, front woman of New York-based trio Wilsen, has a voice that commands attention for its lack of these irritating inflections and affectations.
It can be all too easy to get swept up by the push and pull of everyday life. The whirlwind of the morning commute. The frantic dash from one appointment to the next. The interruptions, distractions, and diversions that take up so much of our daily lives. Occasionally, you just need to find that ….
A lot of ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’ was carved out at the most unsociable hours. The album pulsates with the idea of Tamsin Wilson wrestling with those all too common midnight thoughts, trying to find some peace at times when, despite the common saying, the city was almost asleep. In its final form, Wilsen's debut is big and bright, melodic guitar lines sprinkled across the whole thing.
Dreams are weird. All you want out of sleep is to recharge, but too often, your brain decides to take you through a labyrinth of your fears all night. Despite the album's title, the trepidation that often accompanies sleep is surprisingly absent on I Go Missing in My Sleep, the debut from Brooklyn trio Wilsen. Here, to go missing isn't anxiety-provoking, but a blissful departure from the discordance of the waking world.
With Tamsin Wilson at the helm, Wilsen conjure a peaceful haze of sonic whispers.
Beginning with 2013's self-recorded and self-released Sirens album through its EP follow-up, Wilsen had produced sparse, languorously beautiful indie folk fare. In essence, the band appeared very much a Daughter doppelganger and their frontwoman, Tamsin Wilson, a more enigmatic, yet less intense Elena Tonra. What seemed certain after Magnolia was, as sonorous as that EP had been, Wilsen would find a way to distinguish itself on their next outing, and, for better and for worse, I Go Missing In My Sleep accomplishes just that.