White Sails is a new band featuring Leigh Gregory (ex-Mellow Drunk) and Ville Vilpponen (ex-Dora Flood, The Bias), both long-time figures in the San Francisco Bay Area’s music community. Joined by Ville’s brother Jaakko on drums they started collaborating on songs in the Summer of 2012. Taking their influences from late 60s / early 70s folk and classic rock through the country tinged roads of reflective singer-songwriter territory while adding their own brand of atmospheric instrumentation with just the right amount of grit, the band stepped into the multi-faceted North American music scene, increasingly it seems that large sways of the music landscape being charmed by dance related music. So the sound of White Sails is both different and welcome compared to recent months. The band are currently recording an EP to be released in July on Fruits de Mer Records in UK also expect tour dates by White Sails in Europe sometime in August.
The sound is both intriguing, thanks to modern day production and sensibilities and Leigh’s vocal delivery, three songs in and I am eager for more. High points straight from the off, opener ‘Turning Of The Tide’ which bathes the listener in swathes of guitar, melody, a solid burner; Like a lot of the self-titled album, concerns relationships, or possibly in case the break-up or as a more experienced fellow writer put it in a different context, offering “imagine the song’s protagonists are planning a divorce”, fair enough, happy days, I hope. It’s ‘All Of My Days’ which is warm, familiar, both memorable, and enjoyable. In between some of my picks, are perfectly solid tracks, just a tadge too 2/4, or if your feeling sporty, 4-4-2. which is no crime, as on balance ‘White Sails’ has more to recomend than to forgive.
There are two more songs burning bright to close the album, first the ‘Just One Wish’ relates a tale of lost love and even has the confidence to throw in some interesting instruments along the way, a good song. Finishing with the moodier ‘Seaside’, the current single, which expectantly works well, good to finish on a high. White Sails are of worth in an over crowed music scene, the album should convince more than it disappoints. Personally it was a very enjoyable 38 minute ride. 7.3/10