Album Premiere: WHIMZ – ‘PM226’

WHIMZ are sharing their brand-new full-length LP, PM226, and you can check it out streaming right here at New Noise.

WHIMZ is the project of Sunny Faris, vocalist, bassist, and founder of Blackwater Holylight, and Cam Spies, of Night Heron. The two have been friends and collaborators for years, with Spies assisting with the first Blackwater Holylight record a few years back. The duo weren’t able to collaborate again until 2021, when they spent a day in the studio together to see what they could create.

They came out with a seamless blend of their two projects: draped in darkness, synths galore, doom pop with hauntingly gorgeous harmonies, and some very sexy bass lines. Faris’ vocals are immediately recognizable, and while her voice might initially take some getting used to atop the heavy synthesizers and vintage drum machines, it’s easy to see just how well her voice fits the instrumentals. The music feels at one with the synthpop of the mid-to-late ’80s, with Faris’s melancholic performance giving vibes reminiscent of Julie Cruise and Cocteau Twins.

The new release expands on their debut’s foundation, with carefully curated retro synth instrumentation, alongside the rest of Spies’ production. The album isn’t hiding anything, though there are also plenty of details to uncover upon a closer listen.

Along with the new project, WHIMZ are also hitting the road for a couple live shows. Check out those dates here:

November 10 – Portland – Doug Fir Lounge
November 12 – Seattle – Freakout Fest – Sunset Tavern

Preorder the album here, and stream PM226 in full below:

For more from WHIMZ, find them on Instagram and Bandcamp.

Photo courtesy of WHIMZ

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