Whitehorse – “Achilles’ Desire”


Pairs Well With…Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, The Civil Wars


Since I’ve last reviewed Canadian folk rock duo Whitehorse, the band has released their debut LP The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss.  Unsurprisingly, the album is a relaxed listen that focuses on Doucet and McClelland’s songwriting abilities.  The vocal back-and-forth they display on tracks like “Mismatched Eyes” and “Achilles’ Desire” is enchanting, an interplay that continues musically throughout the bluesy record.

2012 Review: Two of Canada’s more inventive modern songwriters, husband/wife duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland teamed up last year to form Whitehorse.  Expectedly drawing from blues-rock and alt country, Whitehorse succeeds both in harmony and when Doucet and McClelland trade off verses.  Fans of Gillian Welch and David Rawling’s interplay will surely be drawn into Whitehorse’s back and forth.  Being a couple in life translates well to their music.  There’s an endearing quality to watching these established artists interact playfully both in lyric and performance.  This will surely be a strong set amidst any showcase at SXSW this year.