Winter Announces New Album “What Kind of Blue Are You?“
out 14th October 2022 on Bar/None Records
Shares Video For Lead Single “atonement” feat. Hatchie
Winter (Samira Winter) announces her new album What Kind of Blue Are You? due out October 14th on cult indie label Bar/None Records (Yo La Tengo, Ivy). Pre-order link HERE
Along with the news, Winter has shared lead single “atonement”, described as a rhythm centric banger buoyed by a tightly wound breakbeat and soaring chorus, which premiered on Flood. The track features Hatchie’s Harriette Pilbeam & Joe Agius.
The new track captures a multitude of influences and takes the best of various genres to fuse this very enthralling, electrifying ensemble. Commencing with the raw, brooding tonality, the instrumentation hypnotically swirls through these immersive phase-enhanced effects. The entire ensemble dynamically grows, and shifts through the intense passages and this mammoth modulation movement.
The collaborative harmonies weave through the gritty tonality and allow ethereal vocal notes and intimate lyrics to resonate with such affectionate power. The softer melodies from the harmonies allow this honest nostalgic theme to come to life throughout, this wealth of warmth exudes from the tender singing tones which allow this strong sense of connection to the listeners.
On the single, Winter says “Every time I hear this song a new version of the story plays out in my head – an escape, a mystery, a forbidden love. By the time it reaches full climax there is a big reveal – the secret is out, the we discover who committed the crime, the two lovers find each other.”
On the collaboration, Pilbeam says the track “really wrote itself and was a lot of fun to make.” Agius adds, “The concept for the video immediately came to mind when working on the song together. The dark and talkative verses contrasting with the bubbly hopeful choruses really conveyed the kinda energy I wanted to translate”
Over the course of the pandemic, Samira decamped to Studio 22 in L.A. with producer Joo Joo Ashworth (Automatic, Dummy, SASAMI) where the pair spent the many months of harsh uncertainty sharpening her songs into a fine point. “I felt like I was making music in a dark cave with an old friend and no one else existed,” Samira says of the process. Within that place of separation from the outside world, she was able to venture into the core of Winter, imbuing every musical choice with a confident intentionality, and newfound vulnerability.
What Kind of Blue Are You?, Winter’s second release with Bar/None Records, is an emotional excavation of Samira’s purest self. Musically, the LP’s 10 songs reconnect with the earliest incarnation of Winter, once again painting with brushstrokes of distorted guitar, but using them to fuel a wiser, more mature form of sonic liberation. Whereas 2020’s Endless Space (Between You and I) was steeped in fairytale surrealism and springlike grace, her latest offering is crystalline and spartan, songs stripped to their inner blue core, Winter’s smoldering shadow self.
01. wish I knew
02. atonement (feat. Hatchie)
03. good (feat. SASAMI)
05. crimson enclosure
06. write it out
07. lose you
09. mr. on my mind
10. kind of blue