Bristol’s Jody Wisternoff recently announced his brand new twelve-track LP ‘Nightwhisper’, out 1 May. His first solo album in eight years, the album follows Wisternoff’s 2012 debut LP ‘Trails We Blaze’, and comes alongside the release of the hypnotic title track and lead single ‘Nightwhisper’. Wisternoff first made his name in the early-90s before possibly cementing his position as one of the UK’s finest talent-spotters and DJs as part of the Anjunadeep label family, where he co-curates the annual compilation series.
Written primarily in 2019, ‘Nightwhisper’ is a deeply personal album born out of a time of introspection for the Bristol producer following the death of his father:
Jody: “It was a time of conflicting emotions for me… I suddenly found myself appreciating the simpler things in life in a way that I had never done before, but on an equal note also questioning mortality on a level that is only possible after the passing of a family member.”
Amidst the demands of fatherhood and touring, Jody came to embrace his newfound awareness of impermanence and loss in his songwriting. The intimacy of the album is conveyed in the opening track ‘Morning U’, which features spoken home recordings of Jody’s father above a touching melody. Exploring the full spectrum of emotion, the lively progressions and lyrics of ‘Lately’ and ‘Reverie’ provide an optimistic contrast to more melancholic numbers ‘For Those We Knew’ and ‘Nightwhisper’.
Sonically, the album is heavily influenced by Wisternoff’s eclectic tenure in the UK music scene. Launching his career in 1986 at the age of 13 as a finalist at the DMC World DJ Championship, he honed his craft at the forefront of UK rave culture, playing warehouses for promoters Fantazia and Universe, and hosting a residency at the Lakota club in Bristol. After a chance encounter in a record store, Wisternoff joined forces with Nick Warren to form Way Out West. The duo rose to fame in the 1990s with several UK-charting singles and a UK dance number one in ‘Mindcircus’, quickly followed by a 1997 album ‘Way Out West’, which apparently saw critical and commercial success.
Jody:“‘Nightwhisper’ is an attempt at finding balance and inner peace during the ever-changing life journey… In some ways, it’s a personal lullaby, a call back to simpler times which of course is impossible, but comforting none the less.”
‘Nightwhisper’ is out on 1 May, in conjunction with a world tour with dates to be announced in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Czech Republic, Albania, Greece, and Indonesia.