American Wrestlers shares his video for the undeniably catchy (and deceptively dark) single ‘Kelly’, taken from his forthcoming self-titled debut album – due April 27th on Fat Possum Records. In the Laura Lynn Petrick-directed video, we see a cowboy hat-sporting, chain-smoking, beer-drinking man confined to a chair in his overstuffed garage, experiencing the vast expanse of Americana through the lens of his tube television, seemingly nonplussed by all he sees. Watch the video below.
Scotland-via-Missouri’s American Wrestlers is set to release his self-titled debut album via Fat Possum Records on April 27th.
Following previous single ‘I Can Do No Wrong’ (out now as a 7” b/w ‘The Rest of You’), new single ‘Kelly’possess a jittery opening and shimmering charm that is the perfect taster of American Wrestlers’ stripped back and timeless approach to songwriting. Armed with little more than a TASCAM 8-track and the cheapest instruments to hand, the upcoming self-titled debut took shape in remote and rural America, and that comforting step away from the hustle and bustle is felt throughout ‘Kelly’.
Now based in Missouri, the Scotsman’s journey is something of wonderment. Born and raised in Glasgow, he then found his way to Manchester, UK, where he recorded some demos under a different name and posted the songs online. It was then, and as a result of his songs, that his now-wife first got in touch. After becoming enraptured with one another, he moved across the Atlantic to get married.
The move to Missouri saw American Wrestlers take form, recording in a tiny, remote house, on a Tascam 8-track and the cheapest pawnshop instruments he could afford.
The music of American Wrestlers is familiar. It recalls first love, twilight as the day turns to night, and the feeling of discovery that was, at one point, so precious to us; that moment when we are first shockd and beguiled by a melody that strikes us so acutely that our stomachs jump for joy into our chests.