Just shy of our fifth birthday, we're thrilled to announce the release of our self-titled sophomore album! We've poured our hearts and souls into this project over the last two years and cannot wait for you to hear the results.
This 17-track double-CD features original music from each member of the ensemble captured in vivid sonic detail by GRAMMY-winning producer Jesse Lewis (Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Roomful of Teeth, Brooklyn Rider, LA Phil).
Critics across the country are already weighing in with praise:
"The original repertoire is so strong and varied that the Westerlies represent a kind of bastard child, standing fiercely between genre cracks with works that evoke the Americana of Aaron Copland and John Philip Sousa on the one hand but seeming to translate the rhythmically spastic machinations of EDM on the other (check out “So So Shy”). There are plenty of other stops in between, all delivered with stunning clarity and richness." - Chicago Reader
"Over two discs the New York City-based, Seattle-born brass band occupies a lively territory between jazz, Steven Foster-styled folk and chamber music with bracing melodies and, crucially, an undeniable sense of fun." - L.A. Times
"The Westerlies' rendition [of "Saro"] has no vocals, but you still feel the heartache....What a distinctly American twist: to flip a story of sorrow on its head, opening it up to a future bright with possibility." - NPR Music
"an all-brass rave-up...a rapid dance of melodies that will have your heart racing and your body tapping along." - Stereogum
Thank you for listening and sharing!