WINTERSLEEP – IN CAME THE FLOOD
Welcome to the Night Sky, the third studio album from the Nova Scotian indie band Wintersleep, was a masterstroke. The group took meat and potato rock music and carried it to dizzying heights with their East Coast influence and keen observations of mental health and the human condition. There aren’t many songs as truly satisfying as Search Party, Oblivion, and Miasmal Smoke & Yellow Bellied Freaks (my girlfriend’s personal favourite). It is a staple album that will always be seen as brilliant and enjoyable. That is why I had a difficult time swallowing the follow up record New Inheritors, as Paul Murphy tried a different voice, and the band attempted a new aesthetic. So the moment I discovered they had released a new single on their website, I protected myself from disappointment by opening my mind to a non-Welcome to the Night Sky sound. And I am glad I did. In Came the Flood washes away that Night Sky feel with something altogether new – a pulsing, forward-momentum indie gem. It sprints off the starting block with tumbling drums, sparring guitar and bass loops, and vocals that stretch out into infinity. And it doesn’t let up until the very last seconds. It sounds a little like the Battles’ Tonto and Sigur Ros’s Gobbledigook had a baby that grew up to be a respectable radio rock song. A far cry from the album that made them famous, but we can’t stay under the night sky forever.
And listen to Orca from their self-titled debut