Artist: Whitehorse

From: Toronto

Online: Artist website; official SXSW page

SXSW showcase: TBA

About the artist

Whitehorse / Photo by Paul Robert Wright

Both Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland had released several solo albums and were rising stars on the Canadian forefront of Americana music when they teamed up to form Whitehorse. After a self-titled debut in 2011 and the acclaimed follow-up “The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss,” they’re set to release “Leave No Bridge Unburned” Feb. 17 on Six Shooter Records.

The new record finds them beefing up their sound, though a hallmark of Whitehorse from the start has been the ability to generate significantly more noise than their duo setup might suggest through the use of loops, effects and percussion. (Check this live video from Canada’s 2013 Polaris Music Prize show for an example.) Their singer-songwriter pasts give away to a sound that’s more in the progressive realm of indie rock, if still grounded in roots forms such as blues and folk.

Could share a bill with: Black Keys, Shovels & Rope, Calexico