14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The subtle interplay of texture and mood that's long been a Wintersleep hallmark is again in evidence on Hello Hum. Loel Campbell’s bashing (but never excessive) drum work remains at the heart of things, grounding the band’s intriguing mix of aggressive rock guitars and atmospheric techno-pop synths. Hello Hum doesn’t compromise Wintersleep’s eclecticism, but it does refine it in appealing ways. Lead singer Paul Murphy is still a vivid yet elusive vocal presence, giving the songs cool elegance and ineffable yearning. “Resuscitate,” “Rapture,” “In Came the Flood," and similar tunes swirl and twitch rhythmically while the lyrics oscillate between sadness and wonder. The title track's fractured calypso beat, the Beach Boys-esque pop shimmer of “Someone, Somewhere,” and the reverb-drenched waltz time of “Smoke” will keep listeners pleasantly off-balance. While Murphy still prefers mystery to revelation, the wistful “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” comes teasingly close to an openhearted love song.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The subtle interplay of texture and mood that's long been a Wintersleep hallmark is again in evidence on Hello Hum. Loel Campbell’s bashing (but never excessive) drum work remains at the heart of things, grounding the band’s intriguing mix of aggressive rock guitars and atmospheric techno-pop synths. Hello Hum doesn’t compromise Wintersleep’s eclecticism, but it does refine it in appealing ways. Lead singer Paul Murphy is still a vivid yet elusive vocal presence, giving the songs cool elegance and ineffable yearning. “Resuscitate,” “Rapture,” “In Came the Flood," and similar tunes swirl and twitch rhythmically while the lyrics oscillate between sadness and wonder. The title track's fractured calypso beat, the Beach Boys-esque pop shimmer of “Someone, Somewhere,” and the reverb-drenched waltz time of “Smoke” will keep listeners pleasantly off-balance. While Murphy still prefers mystery to revelation, the wistful “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” comes teasingly close to an openhearted love song.

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3:33
3:10
4:42
5:16
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3:50
4:08
4:12
4:11
6:00
3:22
3:04
5:08

About Wintersleep

With a name that fits a Nova Scotia-based band rather well, Wintersleep formed in 2001. Initially, they were part of the Nova Scotia label and artists' collective Dependent Music, which released their first two albums, 2003's Wintersleep and 2005's untitled full-length, as the band was just getting rolling. The band graduated to the big time -- that is to say the major labels -- in 2006, when Wintersleep signed with Labwork, a subsidiary of EMI Canada. Members Paul Murphy (vocals and guitar), Tim D'Eon (guitar and keyboards), Jud Haynes (bass), Jon Samuel (keyboards), and Loel Campbell (drums) were able to see their first two releases get a second look on their new label, complete with bonus tracks, but in 2007 Haynes left the group. A quick replacement was found in Mike Bigelow, and Wintersleep soon delivered their third album, Welcome to the Night Sky which netted them a Juno award in 2008. Riding their newfound success, they returned in 2010 with New Inheritors which reached #12 on the Canadian charts. They continued to push their sonic limits, working with co-producers Dave Fridmann and Tony Doogan on 2012's acclaimed Ho Human. A late 2015 announcement that they had signed a worldwide deal with Dine Alone Records was followed in early 2016 by the release of their sixth album, The Great Detachment. ~ Chris True & Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Nova Scotia, Canada
  • FORMED
    2001

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