Victoria’s West My Friend cite an audacious list of influences in their sound, from Owen Pallet and Joanna Newsom to Punch Brothers. Judging from their new video for “Spruce Top,” from their album Quiet Hum, it’s clear that they’re not just inserting lofty names into their bio. There’s a finesse in the instruments reminiscent of Pallett and the spirit of Punch Brothers in the way the band uses its instruments to eventually build up to a full on folk song.
The live video from Fiddlehead Studios on Mayne Island, BC, shows the careful work that goes into the delicate song. A backing of just Jeff Poynter’s accordion at first makes Eden Oliver’s first lyrics even stronger: “Your guitar is a coffin I want to crawl into.” As the instruments swell to a big chorus, West My Friend show they can build a strong song from extremely delicate parts. See “Spruce Top” and its warm strength below.