On Friday, Paste premiered the video for Whispertown’s “State Of Mind” from the band’s EP Parallel out now on Acony Records. Whispertown’s Morgan Nagler said, “I wrote the tune “State Of Mind” about the general state of affairs this day and age, and our collective yearning for change. A fundamental shift of intention and conscience. This is the second video release in an ongoing series made by my brother, aka “Morgan’s Brother.” It’s cut together entirely from public domain footage, and I feel, strips naked the un-evolved nature of our history. It weighs heavy on the heart, with the ultimate message being change and peace. His work has made me proud.” You can also check out Whispertown performing “State Of Mind” live at SXSW for BreakThru Radio and at the Invisible Children + Terroreyes showcase.
Whispertown is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar). What was once The Whispertown 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler’s unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists. On the strength of Nagler’s classic songwriting and the bands compelling live performances Whispertown have garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, She & Him, The Elected, Azure Ray, Maria Taylor and many more. Jenny Lewis said, “Morgan Nagler is my favorite songwriter. Period.” The band caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter, the band released 2008’s Swim, comprised of classic songwriting and harmonious folk-pop.
Whispertown’s sophomore release Parallel sticks to Nagler’s earth grounded wisdoms while taking a turn toward a new form of lo-fi electronica. Parallel moves easily through rock gems like “Blood From Wine” and “State Of Mind” with lyrical prowess, only to be punctuated perfectly by stark dance tracks such as “Open The Other Eye.” The seven-song EP was produced, recorded and mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), co-produced by Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), and was executive produced by David Rawlings.
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