Monday, 1 March 2021

Wilma Archer ‎– A Western Circular (2020)

Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Weird World

01.   Western Circular
02.   Scarecrow
03.   Last Sniff
04.   Killing Crab
05.   The Boon
06.   Cheater
07.   Cures And Wounds
08.   Decades
09.   Ugly Feelings (Again)
10.   Worse Off West

Drums – Ellis Dupuy
Cello – Clíona Ní Choileáin
Vocals, Electric Violin – Sudan Archives
Double Bass – John Pope, John Williamsonr
Tenor Saxophone – Theo Erskine
Soprano Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Dom Pusey
Vocals – Laura Groves, Samuel T. Herring, MF Doom
Backing Vocals – Ross Hutchison, Samuel T. Herring
Drums, Synthesizer, Singing Bowls, Alto Saxophone, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Backing Vocals – Will Archer
Composed By, Arranged By, Producer, Mixed By – Will Archer

Having released material as Slime between 2010 and 2017, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Archer has taken on a new pen name, Wilma Archer. A Western Circular is his debut LP under this new alias, representing a shift in his career. Inspired by the books of John Fante, the record aims high, exploring aspects of duality in the human condition: the ideas of life and death; peaks and troughs of emotion; finding beauty in pain.

The record moves dramatically between genres without feeling mismatched, emphasising Archer’s remarkable musicality and diversity as a composer. Two instrumental tracks open the record – the title track populated by sallow strings, and the smooth jazz of ‘Scarecrow’ – before MF DOOM comes in to speak the record’s first words. Archer expertly plays with tempo and layering, building a sonic world that induces everything from sorrow to nostalgia, anxiety to joy. 

A Western Circular plays host to an impressive line-up of guests, featuring vocal contributions from Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, Sudan Archives and Laura Groves. These collaborations have formed and developed over a number of years, the end result being a project which is as ambitious and far-reaching as the soundscapes Wilma Archer creates.
Katie Cutforth / LOUD AND QUIET