is a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose music combines elements of both folk and rock music. Wasif’s music has been described as “unbelievably intense with sparkling, raga-influenced guitar and a mystic bent.”
Wasif was born in Vancouver
, British Columbia
, Canada but was raised in California near Joshua Tree. He began playing music in high school and formed his first band lowercase in 1994; “a guitar-drums duo that played a weird hybrid of lo-fi pop, post-rock and slo-core.” In 2001, he formed alaska!
in addition to joining Lou Barlow
’s New Folk Implosion. In 2006, he shifted focus to his solo career. Also during 2006–2007, Wasif played with Yeah Yeah Yeahs
for the Show Your Bones
world tour playing acoustic guitar, bass and Wurlitzer. He performed his solo work as the supporting act for most shows.
His first self-titled solo album was released in 2006 on Kill Rock Stars
. The record featured minimal, acoustic songs with psychedelic influences, reminiscent of Skip Spence
and Syd Barrett
, and was recorded by Mark Nevers in Nashville
, TN. This record introduced Wasif’s primary lyrical themes; love, madness, transformation, isolation, and spiritual influences, which continue through his subsequent albums.
Wasif’s second album, Strange......