Winter People - A Year At Sea

Winter People - A Year At Sea

A Year At Sea is the debut offering from Sydney folk-rock band Winter People. It’s a stunning record of songs which use themes of love, grief and loss as starting points in producing some great and moving pieces of music. As a debut record, A Year At Sea is a ‘big’ album, with ambitious and clearly-defined instrumentation, yet the fragility of the vocals add a layer of warmth and innocence which cannot be ignored.

'The Banker’s Lament' is a perfect album opener – establishing the alternative folk/rock feel of the record which is sustained excellently throughout. There are fleeting moments of Mogwai and Editors in the arrangement of 'Gallons' and 'Time Out Of Mind' especially, while the depth in the vocals are reminiscent of early Interpol and even some of Nick Cave’s work.

'The Antidote', which is A Year At Sea’s closer, builds up a mournful wall of sound, which brings the album to a close on somewhat of a sad note. This isn’t an album full of happy, pop hits – but it’s evident that Winter People aren’t out to produce such a record. Instead, they’ve made a record that is drenched in gorgeous string and guitar arrangements which establish some golden and vintage imagery of a musical landscape long in the past.

I love how the harmonies complement each other and ride pleasantly with each swell of strings, most prominently seen on 'Top Of The World' and 'Winter Coat'. Many could and probably will draw large similarities between Winter People and Arcade Fire or Angus Stone, but there’s something unequivocally individual and unique about A Year At Sea that’s fascinating to listen to, especially considering it is a debut record. I cannot wait to see what they release next.
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