by Craig Howieson
Home may well be where the heart is. But we inevitably lose a part of ourselves to the places we leave behind, and a little of our soul will always be with those we have lost, or were unable to carry with us. New York based Why Bonnie’s new single – and title track of their forthcoming debut album – may be a step forward into a sun-kissed tomorrow, but the band’s Texan roots are as important to their story as wherever they might be headed. Conceived in Brooklyn, but an ode to singer and songwriter Blair Howerton’s hometown of Houston, 90 In November is a loose-limbed, alt-country gem calling to mind the finery of the 90s college radio rock scene at its most melodic.
Chance Williams’ lounging bass line propels the group without ever getting ahead of themselves. There is a considered maturity to 90 In November; the maturity of a band that sounds like they have been jamming together for decades not years. And the real beauty to their sound is making something so great sound so effortless. Howerton may spend a lot of time looking back, and learning from the past she has left a part of herself in. But a bright future beckons for Why Bonnie.
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