WHETHAN and STRFKR, “Stay Forever”
To say that “Stay Forever” doesn’t sound like anything that Whethan has offered to date is a bit of an understatement. The 20 year-old Chicago-born, L.A.-based producer opted not to tour last year to address personal issues and record his upcoming album, probably a very wise move. “Stay Forever” brings us an alt.rock flavoured sound to the electronic backdrop like some past releases, but the aim is a progressive edge that stands out from the rest. Other producers like PLS&TY, Pluko and Robotaki also have made this conscious decision with results in unique music that provokes your senses and isn’t always about big synths and beats. Whethan is paired up with veteran Portland, Oregon trio STRFKR here and their collaboration is seamless and complementary. The full album should be a treat, and Whethan is returning to touring, but in more biteable chunks, which I’m sure will expand closer to the time of the album’s release.