WINTERSLEEP - New Single/Video + New Album + UK Tour
UK / Ireland gigs:
NME - a glorious, crashing sound, pulsing outwards, destroying and caressing all it finds. Wintersleep are coming out of hibernation, wide awake and blinking
Rock Sound - lush melodies and a penchant for lyrical introspection that you just can't resist 8/10
Wintersleep has spent the last decade establishing, developing, and re-inventing their sound. Already a big deal at home in Canada the band won a prestigious Juno Award for 2007’s Welcome To The Night Sky, (The Fly - a rich, layered effort full of lush melodies & hummable missives..great stuff) then bolstered their fan-base in the UK and Europe by touring extensively in support of 2010’s New Inheritors (The Word - it hits you like a freight train on its way to REM via Secret Machines. It sounds heavy, important and rather exciting).
The band finally found some time to settle down during the Summer of 2011 to focus on their next endeavour. Co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) and Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai), Wintersleep’s new album, Hello Hum, signifies a new chapter in the band’s history. Inspired by the member’s collective experiences, waking dreams, and musical experimentations, Hello Hum will be released October 1st 2012 on Tom Kotter Records (TKC005).
A collection of diverse tracks that showcase the band’s broad scope of sound, Hello Hum contains a mix of bright, upbeat tunes and soft, sweet ballads. For a preview of the album, check out “Resuscitate,” a lively cut driven by energetic bursts of guitar and dynamic percussion. Download the “Resuscitate” MP3 on the Wintersleep Player HERE and feel free to post and share this track!
Characterized by resonant harmonies, rich layers of elaborate instrumentation and ear-catching melodies, Wintersleep produces music that has the ability to grab listeners with its pop charm and keep them captivated with its subtle complexities. The new record opens with “Hum,” offering a swirling, slow-building intro to the series of energetic tracks that follow. The upbeat “In Came The Flood” showcases the depth of the band’s sound, featuring melodic vocals atop a densely layered foundation of guitars, vocal harmonies, and driving percussion. From its first note, “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” possesses the instant appeal of a pop tune, with a prominent guitar melody and toe-tapping rhythm. “Smoke” closes out the album on a softer note, allowing melodic vocals to shine over a subdued instrumental background and steady rolling drum beat.
Wintersleep has seen successful tours in North America, the UK, Ireland and Europe, sharing stages with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady and Paul McCartney among others.
Hello Hum Tracklisting: