The Wind Whistles
Tom and Liza are the Wind Whistles and they live together in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada. As an indie folk duo they both sing and both play acoustic instruments (guitar,bass). Sometimes they play alone and sometimes they bring friends, more times not. They think they sound like a cross of Lemonheads and Violent Femmes while people tell them they sound like a cross of the Decemberists and the Moldy Peaches. Beginning in the spring of 2006, they've done the usual artist thing: demo, radio, festivals, tours, friends and lots and lots of shows. They have just released their first full length "window sills" and are going to spread it around as much as they can. In May they're quitting their jobs and heading across Canada with the Greenbelt Collective, then alone to Europe in June, July, August, and then back across North America in September and October starting on the East Coast. Annually the Wind Whistles organize the celebrated local Beanstalk Folk Festival; a festival in which the 'Folk' is a loose term for some of their favourite artists that aren't rock or too loud. The Wind Whistles are notorious do-it-yourselfers and love to meet generous and creative people that make beautiful things happen.
On more than one occasion, Tom Prilesky, one half of the Vancouver-based duo that makes up the Wind Whistles, croons and weaves words eerily like Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy. This isn't too strange, seeing as their debut album, Window Sills, is a positively folksy affair. Prilesky drops lyrics like "sail my ship to Africa", "I'll meet you out on the train", and similarly vagabond-like vocals that echo themes in many a Decemberist song. Where these folktale similarities end, Prilesky and fellow-Wind Whistle Liza Moser branch out on a risky limb, take some friends along for the ride, and hold on tight.
Window Sills is a veritable jam session as the Wind Whistles invite various talents to sing along, compose and strum, resulting in a compilation of simple songs that sound like friends making music in somebody's basement. Scratch that: Friends making music in a rustic cabin, on an island, surrounded by wild deer and a wooded glen. When night falls, they all keep jamming, a melancholy ballad emerges here and there (the captivating "River"), and in the morning friendships are stronger and good prospers over evil ("Good friends won't rip you off" is so feel-good it hurts).
The reality is that the disc was mixed and recorded in a local studio, but you can hear the rich fantasies behind the tunes. These are songs that tell stories-solid harmonies with a diversity that could only be achieved by having eighteen performers rally together on twelve tight tracks.
Katie Nanton – Discorder Magazine Feb. 2008 issue
I love these guys. With a little help from their friends, Tom and Liza of the Wind Whistles have created a record where the quality of the production somehow doesn't mask their personal approach to the songs. With Tom on acoustic guitar and Liza on acoustic bass, they more than successfully evade the trap it seems more and more acoustic artists are falling into these days: being boring. Instead they spin a series of well thought out songs with lovely harmonies and interesting lyrics that make you feel like they're singing to you in their living room. My favourite songs are still the three tracks that were released on their demo over a year ago, but nonetheless, there aren't any tracks I'd skip over.