Whitley is the moniker of Melbourne's Lawrence Greenwood, a talented and enigmatic singer/songwriter who has spent the last couple of years in musical hiatus. After releasing his much-loved LP Go Forth, Find Mammoth in 2009, he's spent the last couple of years traveling the globe, planning his return to the spotlight. Now complete, news of his next album, Even the Stars are a Mess, has been revealed -- with a release date scheduled for July 5, 2013.
The album's first single indicates the wait may well be worth it, with "My Heart is not a Machine" an absolutely gorgeous folk-pop lament. Greenwood's warm vocals have been joined by the echoing harmonies of Esther Holt to create a stunningly heartfelt tale of introspection. With voices like this, you don't need too much else, and the steady percussion and hovering guitar work are just enough to finish this one off.
A couple of great remixes of this one have also recently become available (here) from Leadbetter and Fractures -- both worth checking out if you love this song as much as I do.
Recently added to the sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival (which will also feature performances from Frank Ocean, Mumford and Sons and The National), expect this to be a triumphant return for this truly talented individual.