With lyrics you're not prepared for and a combination of acoustic and electric elements reminiscent of Kishi Bashi, White Wine's debut record Who Cares What The Lasers Says? (out now) is full of contradictions. Gnarled guitar lines, contorted woodwind flourishes and unsettling keys have the effect of someone telling you a joke with wide eyes and a deadpan face; you enjoy it, but worry you're understanding it wrong and might laugh in the wrong place.
There's humour in the darkness and darkness in the lighter moments, with lyrics crawling over the pretty melodies like tar, or grizzly guitars searing through woodwind arrangements. Their new video for ‘A Drink And A 6 Lane Freeway’ is a faux seventies, cynical take on The American Dream, with lyrics like, “Dear LA, I sucked your dick / I licked my lips / I must admit I was enjoying it.” and someone getting their throat slit at the end.
The band, fronted by Joe Haege, the multi-instrumentalist from both Menomena and The Dodos, are coming to the UK, and you're just in time. They're playing a DIY Presents show this Wednesday (18/05/16) at London's Old Blue Last and hen heading to the Drift Bar in Portsmouth on Friday (20/05/16).