The best news came this week as Kalispell, the alt-folk band that swept me away last year, finally announced that a full-length album, Westbound, will make its official release on May 17. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin band made quite a splash throughout the Midwest scene last year with a number of small tours, mostly taking place in houses and coffee houses. Primarily the music of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard, Kalispell is a soft and heartfelt musical project that combines passionate folk lyrics with a colorful blend of piano, string instruments, and light percussion. Leonard’s steady-yet-soulful vocal delivery and image-filled lyrics top the beautiful mix, leaving listeners in an emotional trance.
I’m already in love with the three songs on Kalispell’s Last Year EP, I can’t wait for what surprises are in store for Westbound. To keep fans on their toes, the band has made a few teaser trailers: