Exclusive ND First Spin: Whitehorse - 'The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss'

by Kim Ruehl

If you've been hanging around No Depression for a while, you've probably read a word or two about the Canadian duo Whitehorse

Comprised of husband-and-wife team Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the duo is the result of years of collaboration in the background of each other's records. Finally, in 2011, they decided to make a go of it, leaving their solo efforts aside in the interest of developing a sound built as heavily on Doucet's remarkable guitar skills as the pair's haunting vocal chemistry. Then there's the songwriting, which is equal parts her and him, and makes for tunes which are stirring and dark, creative and romantically passionate. 

We liked it so much, we included them in our South by Southwest showcase last year, as they released the disc's follow-up on Six Shooter Records. That album saw the pair making greater strides toward a more solid, definitive sound - one which has been praised by everyone from the Toronto Star to this very website. (Here's a review Skot Nelson posted last year.)

While the disc dropped in Canada last summer, the fine folks at Six Shooter Records are now celebrating an official US release this week. To help celebrate, they've granted us permission to offer this free full album stream of Whitehorse's The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss. Check it out and see what you think, then drop a comment and let us know what song you like best and why. We'll choose two commenters at random to win a free autographed copy of the album.

You have until next Monday Jan 14, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. PST to enter to win. Otherwise, simply sit back and enjoy the music. 

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Comment by Mike Karman on January 8, 2013 at 5:19am

sounds great; I love the guitar sound....

Comment by Mike Kreiman on January 8, 2013 at 5:59am

Unique sound in a cluttered world of music. I agree that their voices/harmonies are great together.

Comment by Ric Larson Hepburn on January 8, 2013 at 6:15am

These folks are amazing...gritty and sweet...Canada's answer to Buddy and Julie...thanks for the "heads up!"

Comment by Ric Larson Hepburn on January 8, 2013 at 6:32am

...how does one pick a favorite song when each tune evolves and blossoms as its own masterpiece?  :-)

Comment by Skot Nelson on January 8, 2013 at 6:54am

Achilles Desire is on the of the best songs out of Canada last year. (We've had the album since summertime up here!)

Comment by Michael Bialas on January 8, 2013 at 8:52am

Really enjoyed this album and had a nice interview yesterday with Luke and Melissa. Will post next week.

Comment by Todd Kubon on January 8, 2013 at 9:07am

My favourite tune is Out Like A Lion because of the Luke Doucet guitar solo at the end of the song. Although if you want to hear Luke really air out his Gretsch you need to listen to his song Cleveland off of Blood's Too Rich. I can never get enough of Luke's guitar playing!

Comment by kimberly cole on January 8, 2013 at 11:09am

mismatched eyes - i love the way their voices intertwine

Comment by Carl Parker on January 8, 2013 at 3:00pm

I've been a fan of Luke's for a couple of years, since I got hold of Steel City Trawler. I don't really know much about Melissa, aside she's done some stuff with Blue Rodeo.

This duo album sounds mighty fine to these ears.

Are UK based site members eligible for the random draw?

Comment by Skot Nelson on January 8, 2013 at 3:16pm

Y'all gotta see these two live. Watching Luke Doucet play guitar is astonishing.

I actually saw three shows last year--a long story. The second was in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Photos from it are here:


I'll bump some of them up to No Depression too.

They're the cutest married couple in the music business, and tremendous fun to watch live.


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