The sun doesn’t always shine in Los Angeles. On his second album, Melbourne-bred singer-songwriter Tim Wheatley clearly has a love/hate relationship with his adopted home: “I tell you now,” he confides in opening cut Midnight Man, “I’d give my kingdom for a breeze.”
Strap yourself in for a rollicking road trip. “Just yesterday, the radio went dead,” Wheatley sings. “It’s just you and I the rest of the way.” Wheatley is a long way from home and he’s got some tales to tell: “You just would not believe the things I’ve seen,” he states in Old Hollywood (Things I’ve Seen). Elsewhere, things take a darker turn: “There’s nothing but snakes amongst the cane,” he declares, with his ominous vocal complemented by the dreamy voice of Australian model Helena Vestergaard. Pillar to Post is, indeed, deeper and darker than Wheatley’s impressive debut, 2015’s Cast of Yesterday, with producer Justin Stanley (ex-Noiseworks) adding a muscular edge to the folk pop sound. Paradise lost. Paradise regained. Wheatley has the songwriting smarts to rise above the LA dross. In a city where everyone’s an actor, he’s the real deal.
Pillar to Post is out August 25 via Sony.