Today San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Ainsely Wagoner is celebrating the release of her captivating album No Plans.
Under her moniker Silverware, Wagoner has spent the better part of the last decade fusing intimate folk compositions with glittering art-pop. On the new record, she teams up with producer Omar Akrouche to make her most compelling work to date, detailing past relationships and false starts across 7 delicate compositions.
Community has always been a big part of Wagoner’s process, getting her start as a member of Kentucky-located art collective Resonant Hole before her Bay Area relocation and new association with the group of musicians that orbit Tiny Telephone Recording Studios.
At their core, all the songs on No Plans are heart-on-sleeve vocal and guitar offerings, but with assistance from Akrouche, they’re brought to life with crunchy drums, gritty analog synths, and other studio flourishes.
No Plans is an album that wouldn’t sound out of place on K Records. The songs are rough around the edges, but Wagoner’s heart is in the right place. Standout Important is a bubbly synth-pop gem, a moment of focused directness among the cluster of more low-key tracks that comprise most of the album.
According to Wagoner, the record is a “time capsule and love letter to a particular moment in time – of people, place, context, and creative growth”, a moment of healing and moving on.
Take Me With You was written over two years; one section in the immediate lead-up and fall-out of a breakup, and the other portion after coming to terms with the loss. It’s another powerful moment, using emotive guitar chords and crashing cymbals to communicate a sense of urgency, before pulling back to a hushed bridge.
On I Always Get What I Want a mellow Rhodes and subdued drum loop provide a spare backdrop for Wagoner as she reflects on feeling out-of- place, like an outsider to her own life. It’s a relatable feeling, the pain of getting older, but realizing that many of those feelings you’ve struggled with throughout your life don’t simply fade with time.
Closer Cat Feet is tucked in at the end, with its cascade of distorted vocals and synths fading out for the perfect conclusion to this emotional collection.
As one of her most complete releases as Silverware, No Plans makes the case for Wagoner as one of the Bay’s preeminent songwriters and voices.
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