Ones to Watch: WATERS

Waters band promo shot

The album “Out In The Light”‘s opening track “For The One” begins with Van Pierszalowski singing “Oh my god, I thought I was a free man out on the road!” I love that that’s the start of his debut album with WATERS. After the breakup of Port O’Brien front man Pierszalowski (also an early former member of The Morning Benders) found inspiration for this solo project after spending time in Oslo, Norway recharging.

Pierszalowski’s been on the music scene for quite some time and it shows with WATERS exploring a totally different sound, something more purely rock ‘n’ roll. For “Out In The Light” the California native teamed up with crazy awesome musician/producer John Congleton, who has worked with St. Vincent, Antony And The Johnsons and David Byrne (!), among others.

WATERS maintains a wavering fragility within a rough-and-tumble pileup of instrumentation and turns it up to 11. Often the vocals sound like Conor Oberst fronting a group that has the adolescence and spunk of Wavves (don’t hate on Wavves, y’all!) plus all the sincerity of Arcade Fire. The sound is dirty, yet perfectly clear amidst all the fuzz and heavy percussion. It’s a very true sound that speaks of adrenaline, youth, joy, and salt sweat of the living. WATERS will be an artist people discover just a little too late next year to have made the 2011 “Best of” lists, but will surely make them all want to run back and make revisions.

When you check out the album make sure you listen straight through ’til you get to the closing track (and my favorite) “Mickey Mantle”. It’s every-single-mixtape-I-ever-make material, you know, if you’re still into that kind of stuff.

You can catch WATERS opening for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah on tour now. Download the single “O Holy Break Of Day” and stream “For The One” below – and check out the groovy video, too (if you sign up for his mailing list you can get a free download of it).

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WATERS – “O Holy Break Of Day”

WATERS – For The One by cityslang