Artists frequently incorporate elements of their lives, thoughts and observations of their lives, with the lives, thoughts and observations of others they may come across in their lives, often with the idea that they’d get at something profoundly universal. The Portland, OR-based singer/songwriter Vikesh Kapoor’s debut full-length effort, The Ballad of Willy Robbins will see an October 15th release through Mama Bird Recording Company, and the album, which is essentially a concept album that tells a story about a working-class man who slowly loses his ambition, family, health and shelter. It’s a sometimes brutal and mostly hopeful journey through life but interestingly, the themes and material on the album are heavily inspired by the things Kapoor saw all around him – the hardships of his immigrant family as they were trying to make a new life for themselves; the daily struggles and concerns of small-town America. These themes that are so universal that they should resonate deep within your soul as it captures something very familiar.
When I first heard Kapoor’s “Carry Me Home,” i was struck by the song’s hushed and haunting beauty, and Kapoor’s lyrics, which manage to possess a novelistic attention to detail.
This exceptionally talented singer/songwriter will be embarking on a national tour throughout October and November, with the likes of Widowspeak and Broncho, and it’ll include stops in Tacoma, WA; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Eugene, OR; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; the Cameo Gallery on November 7th; Philadelphia, PA; Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Omaha, NE; Des Moines, IA; Lawrence, KS; and Bloomington, IN.