Winter Shares New Single ‘Healing’
When SamiraWinter named her album Endless Space (Between You & I) she had no idea how eerily well it would describe our post-pandemic reality. The weirdly clairvoyant album perfectly captures the tender internal life many of us are grappling with now. Her latest single ‘Healing‘ deals with the feelings of disconnect and rejection that accompany the all too familiar experience of being ghosted by a romantic interest.
In the Graham Epstein directed visual, the protagonist finds escape by literally leaving Earth. It’s a breath taking achievement considering it was made on zero budget and in his bedroom during lockdown.
In addition to ‘Healing’, she’s shared the singles ‘Here I Am Existing’, ‘Endless Space (Between You & I)’ and ‘Say’. All four songs are the work of an artist who has clearly hit her stride, resulting in an album that is sure to be one of the years most finely tuned, world building dream pop records.
Endless Space (Between You & I) is expected on July 24th from Bar/None Records.
There’s a make-believe, fairy tale surrealism that sets Winter‘s blend of dream pop and shoegaze apart from her contemporaries. Growing up in Curitiba, Brazil, Samira Winter’s Brazilian mother filled their home with the gentle melodies of MPB (música popular brasileira), while her father introduced her to the distorted sounds of American punk. It’s this melting pot of sonic influences that informed her singular style, pulling from disparate sources to craft something wholly original.
At 18, she relocated to the US to study at Boston’s Emerson College, where she first released music under the Winter name, though it wasn’t until the band relocated to LA’s Echo Park that things began to truly take shape. Operating on the fuzzy border of the burgeoning garage scene, Winter built a cult following with a stream of bilingual releases and national tours opening for artists like Broncho and Cherry Glazerr. The bands stateside success took them to Mexico, Europe, and South America, where Samira bonded with kindred spirits in the psych-pop outfit Boogarins.
Fall 2019 saw her sign to Bar/None Records (Yo La Tengo, Of Montreal) and release an EP of lo-fi, diaristic sketches more akin to Red House Painters and Sparklehorse than the dream pop grandeur of her past releases. The stripped back songs provided a clear vision of an artist coming into her own as a songwriter, and set the stage for a new chapter.
On Endless Space (Between You & I), her forthcoming and debut LP for the label, Winter presents her most realized vision yet, drawing inspiration from Broadcast and Melody’s Echo Chamber for a glorious, 3-D journey into her world. Invigorated by a rediscovered bedroom demo, Winter built out her unfinished songs with the help of multi-instrumentalist Ian Gibbs, who engineered and produced the 11-tracks before passing them off to Pat Jones (Toro y Moi, Washed Out) for fine tuning.
The resulting album is a masterclass in attention to detail – flickering guitars sputter in reverse, panning from left to right in perfect synch, while snippets of field recordings are delicately interspersed throughout. On lead single “Say”, the deluge of synthesizers is carefully managed, their ebb and flow building momentum without ever overpowering the song, highlighting the tightly wound drum and bass groove. “Bem no Fundo” sees Winter and Boogarins vocalist Dinho Almeida in a bilingual duet, their pauses punctuated by stabs of fuzzed out guitar and glistening keys.
Thematically, the album is deeply introspective, turning inward to examine Samira’s esoteric world. On “Here I Am Existing”, inspiration was taken from the Mary Oliver poem “I’m Feeling Fabulous, Possibly Too Much So. But I Love It”, which explores the feeling of being in natural harmony with one’s surroundings. Those themes are reflected in the reverb soaked samples of bird sounds, and the airy refrain of “take me to the forest”. In the otherworldly visual for the title track, the odd movements of time lapsed nature scenes lend an alien quality to the songs warbly arpeggios, setting the scene for a record that barely feels tethered to earth.
On Endless Space, Samira Winter has truly arrived, a technicolor daydream in aural form. Pre-order here: http://www.bar-none.com/winter
Between You & I
Endless Space (Between You & I)
Here I Am Existing
In The Z Plane
Bem No Fundo (feat. Dinho Almeida)
Wherever You Are