*HOUSE OF WOLVES (Bleek Records / LA)*
The soft, sustained chord on the piano echoes the ghost of Debussy, the simple-yet-perfect chord progression that unwaveringly touches the heart, and the ethereal, tender voice singing songs of love and of sorrow—this is the magical and singular sound of Rey Villalobos, who goes by the name House of Wolves. A classically trained pianist, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Villalobos fell in love with Chopin in his youth and still considers the composer-pianist his main influence today.
/While beautifully eerie in acoustic form, the songs are filled with emotional, intricate, and organic sounds, and blended with Villalobos’s haunting melodies and tender voice they call to mind Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, and Beach House.
House of Wolves is the musical moniker of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rey Villalobos, the name’s origin coming from the translation of Villa-lobos from Spanish to English.
A Los Angeles native, Villalobos’s family originates from two different sides of the globe – Cananea Sonora México and Francavilla al Mare on the Italian Adriatic Coast. Rey grew up a classically trained pianist, citing Chopin as his first and main musical influence.
House of Wolves debut album Fold In The Wind presents a warm, ethereal, and poetic collection. While beautifully eerie in acoustic form, the songs are filled with emotional, intricate, and organic sounds, and blended with Villalobos’s haunting melodies and tender voice they call to mind Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, and Beach House.
This past year, Villalobos spent his time touring the U.S. and Europe and playing shows with: Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, White Rabbits, The Middle East, Avi Buffalo, Blind Pilot, Laura Gibson, Damien Jurado, Little Joy, Seabear, Kaki King, and Fanfarlo.
The album is produced and mixed by John Askew (The Dodos/Neko Case, Peggy Sue)