Friday, September 10, 2010

Westwood & Willow

The wide smiles and childlike passion that radiate from brothers Kevin and Sean Sullivan are just as infectious as their pop-folk arrangements. The San Francisco based duo, better known as Westwood & Willow, have proved that unpretentious acoustic music has its place with their debut full length LP, Doorways, Vehicles and Markets. The album, which was written, recorded, and produced by the Sullivans at their own home studio, is both fun and full of emotion. Kevin's stripped down acoustic guitar and vocals mesh well with Sean's light accompaniments, while the subtle hand claps ("You Could Be Yellow") and funny lyrics ("Stay That Way") give an interesting twist to a melancholic genre that has become all to predictable.

Like many young start up artists today, the duo decided to use the power of the internet to fund the release, as well as their own West Coast coffee house tour. Westwood & Willow called upon the Pledge Music website to ask fans to contribute money in exchange for digital downloads of their first EP and debut album, videos, handmade pictures, t-shirts, poetry books, personal songs written by the band, and more. Contributors also received updates, exclusive content, and a portion of their donations went to Musicians On Call-- a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. After a great response from fans to fund the project and tour, and an even better response from local media and critics, Westwood & Willow's debut was a huge success and the foundation for bigger things to come.

You can listen to "The Sweetest Fruit" from Doorways, Vehicles and Markets by clicking below and visiting the main BandSoup website. Check in with Westwood & Willow on twitter and at their homepage.

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