Whistle Peak, "Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls"
Whistle Peak is pop music in disguise and experimentation at its core. It is music that takes you on a journey of the imagination, inhabiting fantastical lands while drawing from life experience.
It is the particular phrased in the universal. It is children’s stories told by grown men. The music is upbeat and hypnotic, pulling you closer with each listen and surprising you with small amulets layered beneath continuous melody.
Whistle Peak’s style combines folk and electronic music, blending synthetic and acoustic instrumentation with songs of love and loss, joy and darkness. Not to say these boys are downers, rather their songs are quite optimistic and redemptive, bringing a small smile to man, woman and child alike. Chill out, strap on some ear muffs and enter a world where nature rules and men and women are entranced in dream-filled slumber. Half Asleep Upon Echo Falls, the group’s second studio album, is out now on digital, CD and teal-colored LP, with the first pressing limited to 250 copies. Download included.
Half Asleep is one of those rare invitations to step into a different world, one that feels like it has its own unique landscape, climate and culture. —You Hear That?
They sound like little children discovering toys in their grandparents’ basement, a place where miniature Casio keyboards sit next to antique washboards and pieces of stray china. Throw in a toy piano, a tuba, some clever lyrics and some dogs barking in the distance and you have New Folk with a sense of humor. —Michael Verity
It’s rare a submission lands with such a satisfying fuzz. —Counterfeit Culture UK
Whistle Peak’s very subtle folk experiments connect nicely, fashioning aural comfort food and pleasantry. —No Ripcord
… instead of polished intricacy and studio wizardry, this sounds like a more relaxed toy chest jam. —Those Who Dig
It’s music that’s willing to take a chance at failure, or at doing something radical and weird. It’s never broad, but never narrow. —Berkeley Place
It’s got some pop, some folk, electronic sounds, and all that would be great as is. However, Whistle Peak has pushed a little further and mixed the elements up into a beautifully produced grab bag that makes sense. —American Gloam
The Louisville-based quintet cleverly mixes a blend of southern blues, folk and rock to create their version of experimental, lo-fi dream pop. The result is an easy, enjoyable album full of rhythm and intricacy. —The Dadada
… the uncanny ability to feel at once melancholy and deceptively cheerful. —Thought On Tracks