About

Willodean is a Los Angeles-based trio that combines indie-rock, power-pop, and American roots music with beautiful string arrangements and impeccable musicianship. Their music echoes the melodic smarts of Sufjan Stevens and packs the instrumental punch of a band like Wilco.

The unique sound of this left coast band is due to the diverse musical backgrounds of its three members: the southern roots of front man Abbie Huxley, the smart, McCartney-esque songwriting of Randy Wooten, and the indie rock edge of producer/bass player Eric Holden. Wooten is fertile composer, and due to the band’s remarkably prolific output, Willodean is releasing a string of four EPs in 2017. Life & Limbo is the third and newest in this series of releases.

Their first EP released, Awesome Life Decisions: Side One showcased the band’s appreciation for pop melodies and guitar muscle, and their second, Fires, Cars, and Autumn Stars took a modern approach to Americana-tinged ballads. Now, on Life & Limbo, Willodean incorporates beautifully lush string and horn arrangements that make their music feel especially soundtrack-worthy. Produced by bassist Eric Holden and recorded in-house, the EP will be released by Holden’s label, Bigger Better More Records, on August 18th.

In many ways, Willodean is a continuation of the partnership Holden and Wooten kicked off a decade ago, when the two formed Cheap Lullaby Records. Starting with their band at the time, The Bloody Lovelies, they went on to sign more than a dozen acts and release over thirty records for artists such as The BellRays, Joan As Police Woman, Ivan & Alyosha, Teitur, and David Mead. The guys have turned a new corner with Willodean, blending their modern DIY production aesthetic and smart, lyric-based songwriting with singer Abbie Huxley’s Tennessee grit.

Willodean’s brand new EP, Life & Limbo, is this summer’s breakup album for the modern introvert. Wooten’s songwriting paints characters in detail, bringing to light the interior stories of people who are somehow already familiar to us. There’s always an intimacy with the narrator of a Willodean song – he lets us in on his private thoughts, even the ones that aren’t so pretty. His musings on the complexities of life get wrapped up in a pretty power-pop package that you could happily listen to on repeat for months – at which point, of course, the next Willodean EP will be hitting the shelves.