After opening a handful of dates for Toro y Moi in 2012 The Choir Quit, an already seldom performing live band, dropped into relative obscurity along with frontman William Busbee. Sure there was the pop up show here and there with Belk Boys and the occasional house show, but for the most part William Busbee has stayed in the shadows.
Now William Starr Busbee is back and better than ever with a new album titled College Rock II. A title that shares a name with a track from a previously released live recording. Prior to College Rock II Busbee’s never seen this much support or buzz for an upcoming release. Set to debut on Orchid Tapes and Fork and Spoon (vinyl), the second track to sneak out from the album “Forever” debuted to a warm reception on TheFader.com late last week. The first track from College Rock II dropped on 420 Love Songs March 2. Since then “Forever” has picked up steam in the blogosphere spreading with positive all around reviews.
Recorded in Columbia, SC with Evan Simmons (Magnetic Flowers, People Person), College Rock II is grabbing on first listen. “Forever” is built on electronic voicings, with a chorus of Busbees in the back ground, with one of his best vocal performances settling on top. Soulful yet rawboned, his voice is his unique and confident in the way he finds comfort in it and owns it. Like hearing the soulful twisted voice of Dan Bejar for the first time, it may take time to adjust and hear the beauty and meaning within each song.
No official release date has been announced.