There’s something about music that comes from exactly where you live that just feels better than other music from other places. I feel like if you grew up in a city with a cool music scene for all ages, you have some pretty developed opinions of who the best bands from your town are. For me, growing up in Redmond, WA, we had some sweet bands in our city and the surrounding city. Issaquah had Modest Mouse. The number of Seattle bands is innumerable. Nowadays, Redmond has Whitney Ballen. Her latest release, Falls, is, simply put, amazing.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Whitney’s work, you should. Whitney’s honest and entrancing songwriting and haunting vocals pull you into this record and don’t let you go. My top tracks from Falls are “Rainier”, “Fall City”, and “Ghosts” although honestly, there isn’t a track on this record I don’t like. All I can say is go to her Bandcamp and buy this CD. If you’re a try before you buy kind of person, check her out on Spotify.
Do yourself a huge favor and head out to one of Whitney’s CD Release shows in Seattle or Bellingham: