Dazed & Out have released their debut single, ‘Frankenstein’ – singer-songwriter Whitnie Escalante’s first solid offering in which fans have been able to indulge.
I’ve had the privilege of witnessing Escalante and one of her closest friends, fellow songwriter and occasional guitarist, Peyton Hoff, perform at Camden’s Dublin Castle. Although Hoff was unable to feature on this recording due to commitments elsewhere, I can promise that once these girls join forces indefinitely, magic will happen.
In the meantime, Escalante’s been conjuring that magic all on her own, in her one (wo)man band that she takes all over the world. And she plays with whichever willing musicians she finds along the way.
‘Frankenstein’, inspired by crippling bouts of sleep paralysis, was written in her hometown of Bakersfield, CA. It has been performed live to a thoroughly satisfied crowd at London’s Dingwalls, and its video was shot, directed and created by the brilliant, burgeoning talent of Francesca Blakeburn all the way in Budapest.
The track is distant, but piercing. It suggests that wherever Escalante may find herself, her music will reflect all of the experiences she has had along the way.
Although at times masked with a sense of displacement, the track carries a strong suggestion that displacement and distance can, however, create catharsis – something that is beautifully put across thanks to her extraordinary aptness for songwriting and vocal delivery.
Escalante might be Dazed, but she certainly isn’t Out.
You can download the song on iTunes and stream it on Spotify now.
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Words by Alicia Carpenter
Featured Image by Francesca Blakeburn
‘Frankenstein’ cover art by Whitnie Escalante