There’s something charming and nostalgic about bands that make music that could have been the soundtrack to a classic video game. But Portland’s William Ingrid takes that to the next level: overlaying plinky video game music with genuine, folksy female vocals. It’s unlike anything else you’ve heard before. / Spokane -Inlander.
The debut album, Where Are You? by newcomer pop act William Ingrid was recorded in their East Harlem studio for the greater part of 2009. Vocalist Kristen Skinner’s strong, effervescent voice sings over producer Derek Larson’s boldly vibrant, skittering beats and hushed sonic melodies. The song structure found on William Ingrid's debut showcases a wide array of different genre influences from bouncy 80’s-style synth-pop guitars to starry-eyed clubby ambience spliced with whirring samples underpinning Larson’s belted-out soul-slathered vocals. Where Are You? is an alluring and tasty elixir of electro-pop goodness. -Aaron Basiliere, music reviewer
"William Ingrid – Where Are You? (Self Release) If you're into Beach House, Phantogram, Wye Oak, Cold Cave, or The Postal Service, check out this husband and wife duo. Most of the time, they lay down some female vocals over simple electronic beats and folky riffs. Some tracks (3) have off putting male vocals, so you can probably skip those (the same way I skip most Cold Cave track with Wesley singing) and play the rest. " - Tan Doan, KUCI 88.9FM
I'll be honest--when I saw the artist and album title, plus song names like "Rock Bottom" and "Premonition," I assumed the worst: another bland acoustic guitar-and-vocals folk record. Imagine how pleasantly I was surprised, then, to hear the opening bass-and-synth line of "Move On," followed up by soulful female vocals. As it turns out, William Ingrid isn't some run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter, but rather the creative electropop project of the husband-and-wife duo of Derek and Kristen Larsen; Where Are You? will appeal to fans of Passion Pit and The xx. The album opener is the best track, but also try "Let's Play Pretend" and "Before That." Jememy - WLUR FM