Whitney Ballen - You're A Shooting Star, I'm A Sinking Ship - Solid Grey Cassette

Whitney Ballen - You're A Shooting Star, I'm A Sinking Ship - Solid Grey Cassette


“It’s easy to get down on yourself / When you’re surrounded by people who don’t know what goes on in your head,” Whitney Ballen sings on the title track of her latest LP, You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship. It’s the irony of existing in a world filtered through social media—comparing real life to curated ones, and longing for validation that seems further away with every scroll of the touchscreen.  

The album’s twelve tracks are set perfectly in Ballen’s Pacific Northwest, a place collectively pictured in a romantic mist that blots out its everyday banalities. Vocally, the Washingtonian shares space with the likes of Mirah, Laura Stevenson, and Jenny O. Describing her sound, Seattle Weekly writes, “Imagine Joanna Newsom as a ghost, benevolently haunting a cabin in the woods, and you’ll get an idea…” 

In contrast to her unique voice, Ballen’s music resembles many things, and covers endless ground. There are the bedroom dreamscapes, suspended between rousing from sleep and falling back into it (“The Kiss”); nightmarish tones that growl and distort (“Black Cloud”); swells that expand and contract like the breaths of a resting lover (“Rainier”); and a dreamy mountain twang that echoes beautifully in the ear (“Mountain”). It’s all sowed with unabashedly honest lyrics that make Ballen’s music equal parts visceral, vulnerable, and resilient.

Released August 24th, 2018 via Substitute Scene and Father Daughter Records

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01 “Everything”
02 “Go”
03 “Fucking”
04 “Mountain”
05 “Rainer”
06 “Black Cloud”
07 “Nothing”
08 “Moon”
09 “The Kiss”
10 “San Francisco”
11 “You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship”
12 “Beyond Years”