Even if you didn’t realise it, you might well have heard Harrison Whitford playing already – his haunting guitar parts can be heard all over Phoebe Bridgers’ Stranger In The Alps. Whitford is a longtime collaborator and friend of Bridgers, having played and written with her consistently for over six years but his own music speaks for itself.
We fell in love with it the moment we heard his debut album Afraid of Everything earlier this year. It’s startlingly honest and packed full of poignant, candid songs that put himself and his frank and dazzling songwriting on full display. Balancing the sombre delivery of Elliot Smith with the pop charm of Paul Westerberg – two songwriters he cites as major influences – it’s a haunting and evocative piece of work from a young songwriter at only the beginning of what promises to be a long and brilliant career.