We’re almost home. In another 40 minutes or so, we’ll be on the ground and on our way back to Ridgeway. I figure then that seeing as how I have time for one last album, I should probably make it Canadian, so I’m going with the ‘Hello Hum‘ album by Wintersleep.
Wintersleep was formed in 2001 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band received a Juno Award in 2008. This is their fifth album released on June 12th, 2012. The band started writing the album during the ‘New Inheritors’ tour in 2010 and 2011, via “late night voice memo’d bedroom demos, hallucinogenic dreams of Paul Schaeffer”. The group recorded the new songs in the late summer of 2011 with Scottish producer Tony Doogan, who had already produced their last effort, and Dave Fridmann, who had previously worked with such bands as The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, and MGMT.
This is my first taste of the band. And I love it. Why has no one pointed me in this direction before?
I BLAME YOU.
Characterized by resonant harmonies, rich layers of elaborate instrumentation & ear-catching melodies, the band produces music that has the ability to grab listeners with its pop charm and keep them captivated with its subtle complexities. Tracks ‘In Came the Flood‘ is excellent, as is ‘Unzipper‘, and ‘Zones‘, and the three are connected by being the harder rocking ones, but even the slower ones are excellent, keeping my interest with the great lyrics.
This. Is. Some. Good. Shit.
‘Nothing Is Anything (Without You)’ rolls into focus, slathered with stomping kick drum thwomps and country acoustic guitars, which aside from the vocals, make the cut sound pretty darn cheery. Following on, ‘Resuscitate’ continues the theme, with Disneyfied chime glissandi and a kind of upbeat guitar riff which harks back to feel-good film soundtracks from the ’90s. ‘Rapture’ is windswept and rock-heavy, with a palpable chorus and some of the LP’s poppier moment..it would have been excellent to run to.
And, literally as the last chords of the album closer ‘Smoke‘ sound off in my earbuds, I am informed by the captain that we are about to land signalling the end of our West Coast adventure.