Monday, 1 March 2021

Wilma Archer ‎– A Western Circular (2020)

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

Tracklist:
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

Credits:
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