Los-Angeles-based trio Willodean will release Awesome Life Decisions: Side One, the first of four planned EPs for 2017, on February 20th. The unique-sounding breakup album is an amalgamation of the three members' talents: the southern roots of frontman Abbie Huxley, the smart melodic songwriting of Randy Wooten, and the indie-rock influence of producer/bass player Eric Holden.
Awesome Life Decisions: Side One showcases the band's pop muscle, beautiful instrumental arrangements, and crystalline studio sound. The EP will be released by Bigger Better More Records, a label created by Eric Holden.
The band continues a decade-long partnership between Holden and Wooten, who were previously in the Bloody Lovelies and created the record label Cheap Lullaby. Cheap Lullaby went on to sign more than a dozen acts and release records for more than 30 artists, including The BellRays, Joan As Police Woman, and Ivan & Alyosha. Now they bring their DIY production skills and propensity for insightful, lyrics-based songwriting in combination with Huxley's Tennessee background and grit to form Willodean, a power-pop package that is difficult to forget.