Landon Fleischman (Boy Willows) creates experimental folk music. Fleischman infuses his background of songwriting, film scoring, and music production into his work, eliciting a mystifying and pleasing experience.

Fleischman describes Boy Willows as a project that is an evolution of himself - a version that is more vulnerable, colorful, and present. Itʼs rooted in nature. Boy Willows' goal of making music is to be his own therapist, soothing his negative thoughts and supporting the positive.

Growing up in the suburbs of Maryland, there were few things to do and few things to get distracted by, so delving into songwriting for hours on end without any self-judgment allowed Landon to unleash his creativity. “Whenever I would lay down some chords and a melody, I would close my eyes and see what kind of landscape and season it took me to. That would inspire the content of the song.” Surrounded by fields, rivers, and mountains Landon was graced with the gift to be a musically talented, frothy, nature lad.

Owning a Yamaha acoustic at age eight, Landon was hooked on the high E-string and would strum for hours, completely enveloped in his own world. Influenced by The Kinks, Jose Gonzalez, James Blake, Sampha and films like The School of Rock and The Darjeeling Limited, Boy WIllows' sound is familiar, yet nuanced.

Landon’s creative process is as organic as child's play. “I start off finding an interesting chord progression/ melody on guitar or ukulele, then I sing gibberish over it until words form. Kind of a meditative exercise to let whateverʼs in my subconscious fall out of my mouth.” In addition, Boy Willows strives to grow and accept sounds outside of classic folk, electronic, and funk. This is what makes Landon’s sound so mystifying.

Colin Caulfield (of DIIV)

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