Category:Alternative Album of the Year
It’s been almost exactly a year since Weaves released their acclaimed debut LP. The self-titled album was among the year’s most anticipated and was lauded internationally upon its release for its exuberant approach to guitar pop, described as “one of the most unpredictable sounds of 2016” (MTV), and “a triumphant assault on all things conventional” (i-D). It was a whirlwind year for the band who spent nearly 12 months on the road, playing festivals across the globe, and touring with their fellow 2016 breakout artists Sunflower Bean and Mitski. Propelled forward by their own momentum, singer Jasmyn Burke and guitarist Morgan Waters, found themselves possessed by an irrepressible burst of creative energy.
Weaves entered the studio in early 2017 to begin recording what would become their sophomore LP, Wide Open. Assisted by engineer Leon Taheny (Arcade Fire, DFA1979) who worked with them on their first LP, they approached the album as a highwire act – walking the line between intention and their own gleefully anarchic creative impulses. Burke reflects, “It’s been a weird year, and even on the album cover we’re in bright colors, but we’re covered in soot and we look like we came out of an explosion and I think that’s kind of the way life is. Hopefully you can bring some light to people.”