There aren’t too many Australian bands like Winter People, and people are finally starting to notice their glaring talent. Headed up by singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Dylan Baskind, Winter People include five vocalists and two violinists – giving the six-piece a completely unique sound.
Three years since their debut EP Dog Years, they recently released their first full-length album, A Year at Sea. With the likes of Peter Katis (The National, Jonsi) and Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Bloc Party) involved in the production of this record, it’s a good indication of the album’s quality.
Each song is intricately crafted, and they vary immensely in approach — from the vast and expansive single “Gallons,” to the stripped back acoustic “Valley Hymn” (and everything in between). “Wishingbone” and “My Town” are a couple of the more folk-friendly tracks, highlighted by the group’s beautiful vocal arrangements (they have a special asset in Baskind’s haunting – and interchangeable voice). Songs like “Top of the World” and “The Banker’s Lament” take a slightly different, darker approach, with heavy guitar and percussion. “Two’s Company” is absolutely gorgeous, with an angelic opening leading into intense sections where the band’s strings are more prominent. This is one of those album’s which has been put together to listen to at once.
They have a huge couple of months coming up having been selected as the only local band to play at this year’s Harvest Festival (alongside the likes of Beck, Grizzly Bear and Sigur Ros), another testament to their talent. They’ve also just arrived in the USA for a run of shows (found below). Make sure you get along to check them out.