I’ve been waiting quite a while for a new release from this band… now, I sit here smiling with my copy of Welcome To The Night Sky (Labworks) by Wintersleep. A band that I’ve written about before and seen many times live, I’m convinced these guys have the potential to rise to the top of the list of great Canadian bands.
Quick history run on sentence. Couple of guys start band in Halifax, gain momentum with two solid untitled/self-titled full length releases, many days on the road touring, opening shows for big names in music, and playing international music festivals. The result is anticipation and expectations for the new record; can this record and band keep getting better? From a solid two weeks with the new album, I’d say yes.
Welcome To The Night Sky shows growth as a band as songwriters. The album was recorded close to home at Halifax’s Sonic Temple by producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Super Furry Animals) and then mixed at Glasgow, Scotland’s Castle Of Doom. From previous records, I notice a difference in the way lead singer Paul Murphy’s voice sounds. Could it be a little more reverb/echo? Elsewhere in the record, Murderer is going to be the song you’ll really want to see them explode live, Oblivion might make you think they wrote it while on tour with the Hip, and Yellow Bellied will have the band defining a new genre of music called post-celtic. Look for Dead Letter, now my favorite record on the disc.
But, my best guess for the song everyone will know in a month or so? Weighty Ghost. Reminds me of Paul Simon, solid track.
Tons of Canadian tour dates for this band, go see them live, you’ll be impressed.