i-D: "Just press play and float away."
Crack Magazine: “'Sea To Sea's swirling, hypnotic vibe serves as a perfect example of why the New York quartet are on an upwards trajectory. It is, frankly, gorgeous.”
Stereogum: “Wilson’s voice is so intimate that her atmospheric indie pop feels like a long phone call with a significant other.”
Clash: "…evoking the mood of Nick Drake and epic soundscapes in the vein of Arcade Fire."
Hunger TV: "Tamsin Wilson has vocals that hit you with a power and beauty, which almost forces you to close your eyes and imagine some mystical wonderland of pine trees and foggy lakes."
DIY: "('Anahita') grows from a fragile four-minutes of plaintive vocals and sparse instrumentation, into the kind of heart-racing build that would send Explosions In The Sky back to the drawing board."
Wilsen is the creation of 24-year-old London native Tamsin Wilson. Forged in the burgeoning creative quarters of Brooklyn, Wilsen’s fragile, seductive sound sits at odds with the transient cultural moods of her adopted neighbourhood, instead sharing a closer creative affinity with the timeless sonic textures of European dream pop.
Alongside bandmates Johnny Simon Jr and Drew Arndt - both songwriters & producers in their own right - Tamsin Wilson’s passion is for the detail; each Wilsen song is tirelessly sculpted over time, building an atmosphere, a mood, a state of mind. Simon Jr’s minimalist guitar melodies and Arndt’s rhythmic basslines create a platform for the gossamer vocals of Tamsin Wilson, by turns ethereal and earthy, and the rich driving force behind Wilsen’s gentle rise.
Schooled at Berklee’s College of Music in Boston, Tamsin Wilson’s move to the East Coast was a step into the unknown. A shy, unassuming Brit with an ever-growing collection of introspective folk songs to her name, it wasn’t until chance meetings with Simon Jr and Arndt at Berklee that the young songwriter was urged to explore her creative muse, immersing herself in the songwriting of Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins, & Sufjan Stevens.
A self-recorded - over a week in rural Ontario - debut mini album ‘Sirens’ coincided with the trio’s decision to relocate to New York. The album (released in spring 2013) showcased the warmth of Tamsin’s voice and a songwriting palette that moved effortlessly between scintillating post-rock crescendos (‘Anahita’) and gentle folk intimacy (‘Dusk’).
Shared online, the word gradually began to spread; debut BBC 6 Music plays, Amazing Radio playlists, a North American support tour with 4AD’s Daughter and more.
In the autumn of 2013 the band graced the cover of New York’s Deli Magazine CMJ Special, playing four shows across the festival to far-reaching acclaim. Further New York support dates followed with the likes of London Grammar, Lia Ices & San Fermin as the band road-tested material for their much-anticipated new EP.
The ‘Magnolia EP’ was released in the spring/summer of 2014 to coincide with the band’s first visit to the UK and their debut sold-out London headline show. They then returned to the US to support legendary singer/songwriter Rodriguez on a run of huge US dates before returning to New York for their largest ever headline show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s all Right.
Later in 2014 Tamsin provided the female vocals for SBTRKT’s lead-off single ’New Dorp, New York’ before the band begun the writing sessions for their forthcoming full length debut album (due for release in late 2015).
In early 2015 Tamsin also provided the female guest vocals for Honne’s major label debut single ‘Coastal Love’ (Atlantic).
Wilsen support Matthew E. White in spring 2015.