Brussels based post-punk outfit Whispering Sons is set to release their long-awaited debut album Image. The record, produced by Micha Volders and mixed by Bert Libeert, is the band’s first major release since their EP Endless Party in 2015. Image will be out April 19.

Image takes a giant leap forward from Whispering Sons' previous work. Together with producer Micha Volders (Meteor Musik, El Guapo Stuntteam and overall synthesizer wizard) and engineer/co-producer Bert Vliegen (Teen Creeps, Sophia), the band used the studio as a means to broaden their sound, enriching it with acoustic drums and a whole range of synthesizers. The ten tracks, recorded over a period of ten days at GAM Studios in Waimes (BE), evoke an atmosphere both ominous and urging, yet at the same time capture the band's agitated live intensity. The record was mixed by Bert Libeert (Goose, B) at Jetson Studio and mastered by Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering.

The songs on the album were written after the band collectively moved to Brussels in 2016. In between periods of intensively touring, they worked hard to translate their new perspectives into their first full album. Feeding on the dynamics of the city, the tracks unveil feelings of alienation and distance. 'Alone' deals with the tendency of consciously creating this distance between yourself and your surroundings, whereas tracks such as 'Got a Light' and 'No Time' elaborate on that distance and comment on the failure of communication and the - at times - banal nature of conversation. 'Waste', the first track to be released, feels like a torturous obsession that is gnawing from the inside and slowly builds to the fatal point of collapsing. Closing track 'No Image' ties it all together but is unable to offer any resolution. Stripped down to the bare essentials, it desires to do away with all sorts of unwanted representations and perceptions. 'Image', overall, is a motionless state, in which observations overshadow actions. It reflects the artificiality of things, yet still desperately clings on to ideals and obsessions, something which is also strengthened by the cover artwork of Flor Maesen.

Prior to 'Image', Whispering Sons has released the EP Endless Party (2015, Wool-E Tapes; 2016, Minimal Maximal) and the 7 inches'Performance/Strange Identities (2016) and White Noise (2017) (Weyrd Son Records). In 2016, the band won Humo's Rock Rally, one of Belgium's most prestigious national contests. Since then Whispering Sons has been touring Belgium and Europe extensively, establishing a strong live reputation.