Kelsey Wilson releases her long-awaited debut album, Sir Woman
By Jeff McCord
Kelsey Wilson once told NPR her stone soul SIr Woman project was “an outlet to work through my own shit.” Maybe so. Wilson’s deep pedigree includes the wildly different Austin bands Glorietta and Wild Child. But whatever the intent, Wilson’s personal outlet didn’t stay personal for long. Fans didn’t miss the way Wilson slipped inside and made herself at home in her easy rhythmic strides. She won Best New Act at the 2020 Austin Music Awards, just in time for the pandemic to shut down plans for her tour and the release of her new album Party City. Instead, a shutdown EP, Bitch, surfaced that summer. And now, her long-awaited debut album, now titled Sir Woman, is about to see the light of day. Wilson’s ode to Austin, “Party City”, carries with it the irony of the last two years. Yet the sentiment is earnest, as it is on her nostalgic hill country romp, “Blame It On The Water.” There’s a carefree and joyous feel to these songs, which carries over to her newest single, “Cape Town Plush”. Yet it’s introspective slow simmers like “Overboard”, “Sleeping Or Dead” and “Good Lady” where Wilson’s warmth radiates. She closes her eyes and gets lost in this music. You will, too.