If you would have asked me if I thought this afternoon’s planned fartlek (7.71k) was going to happen or not, I would have said “absolutely not”. At 5:25am this morning, it was teeming down like a mofo and it was a total white knuckle drive to the pool for my workout and, as luck would have it, another encounter with the Swim Doofus. However, by the time I exited the pool to drive home, the storm had blown over and there was clear skies on the horizon, meaning that, it’s on like Donkey Kong at lunchtime. My lunchtime run tunes this afternoon is the eponymous-titled album by Halifax natives and Canadiana darlings, Wintersleep.
What had started out as a side-project eventually turned into one of the most popular live shows in Atlantic Canada. Wintersleep are a part of Dependent Music, a music label/collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1994. This is their debut album released in 2003.
This band is only now starting to grow on me after, well, I’ve only just recently been exposed to them when a music peer happened to mention them this summer (thanks Angie!). I’m definitely trying to make up for lost time though.
Their music style is certainly rooted in indie rock and has ambient and occasional shoegaze elements thrown in for good measure. There’s lots of heavy strumming and deep “breathy” vocals, however, this initial outing is more acoustic than I would have originally thought it would be; meaning, it might not have been the most upbeat thing I could have chosen to listen to motivate me through 3 x 2 minute intervals.
C’est la vie…
Oh well, it was still an interesting listen and, yes, there was still some inspired running to be had during ‘Caliber‘ which kicked off a decent 2nd interval and then the a little headbanging a la ‘Orca‘ which, unfortunately, came a bit late into my recovery to provide any real motivation. It was still a cool tun though and, sure, I wouldn’t being a killer whale or a tidal wave. That’s some deep shit for sure! And then there’s ‘Ambulance‘ and ‘Motion‘ (complete with some neat laser effect shit going on at the end) which both provided a nice warm down ambiance back up Point Pleasant Rd. and home.
All two minute sucky intervals aside, it was a super afternoon for running and, dare I say it, I actually enjoyed myself. It wasn’t stupid hot nor was it too cold and there was a nice breeze which had literally no effect on my intervals along the Friendship Trail. Oh, and the air was fresh and clean thanks to the autumn rainfall we had this morning.
You might actually think I enjoy this running shit.
Truthfully though, autumn is the best time for running in my humble opinion and today was a nice little taste of (*fingers crossed*) the weeks ahead.