Published Oct 07, 2011Vancouver Island's Wil has been delivering heart-on-sleeve, folk-friendly pop for the better part of a decade, but his newly announced Heart of Mine album is poised to be his most personal release to date.
A press release explains that while Wil has collaborated with others in the past, Heart of Mine is the first set he's penned completely on his own. The ten-track affair was recorded by Wil and producer Jason Cook at a small studio in Victoria.
"This is the first album I wrote entirely myself," Wil reiterated in a statement. "It was recorded with a sense of freedom from time restrictions or A&R. Jason and I simply grabbed what we could grab in a moment and went with it, trying not to overanalyze anything or overcook it. That's what happens live so we really tried to retain that feeling when we could."
Highlights are said to include the "upbeat and inviting" first track "Baby Talk" and the introspective "In My Skin."
"'In My Skin' is exactly where I'm at and I love it," the musician self-assuredly states. "It may sound egotistical but its not. When you are good with yourself it's far easier to give to others because there is always something there to offer."
Heart of Mine comes out October 25 and will be available digitally via iTunes and a physical copy will be available on Wil's website. You can also pick up the disc at any of the shows he's lined up across Western Canada this fall. You can check the schedule below.
Heart of Mine:
1. "Baby Talk"
3. "Walking Around"
4. "Hey Now"
5. "Oak Tree"
6. "Angry Dog"
7. "In My Skin"
8. "(wee gents)"
11/2 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11/3 Victoria, BC - The Upstairs Cabaret
11/4 Cumberland, BC - The Waverly
11/5 Tofino, BC - Tofino Legion
11/6 Nanaimo, BC - Queen's
11/9 Kelowna, BC - The Minstrel Café and Bar
11/11 Nelson, BC - The Royal
11/12 Fernie, BC - The Northern
11/13 Coleman, AB - Blackbird Coffee House
11/15 Lethbridge, AB - Geomattic Attic
11/16 Canmore, AB - The Drake Inn
11/17 Calgary, AB - Ironwood
11/18 Calgary, AB - Ironwood
11/19 Red Deer, AB - The Vat
11/23 Edmonton, AB - Royal Alberta Museum
11/24 Saskatoon, SK - Lydia's
11/25 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
11/27 Medicine Hat, AB - Middleton House Concert
12/3 Cowichan Station, BC - Rosedale Ridge