Top 50 of 2016: Part 5 (10-1)

10. Wintersleep – The Great Detachment Release date: March 4, 2016  After the growing success of their previous discography, Wintersleep set out to create a spirited and more organic effort by recording live-off-the-floor. The result: their best record yet. Their energy on stage and sonic presence was almost perfectly transposed into The Great Detachment. Anyone can fill an album with sound and effects, but Wintersleep feverishly stitch together percussion, guitars, keys, bass, and lead singer Paul Murphy’s grizzly vocals into a quilt of rhythm and melody.   Favourite track: “Amerika” 9. Glass Animals…

Wintersleep – Spirit (Live Music Video)

After releasing their latest record The Great Detachment back in March of this year, Halifax/Montreal-based alternative rock favourites Wintersleep are continuing to ride the wave of success from the album, finishing off a small tour back in March, and now off on a European and North American tour this fall. As they gear up to hit the road, Wintersleep have shared a new live music video for their dynamic single “Spirit”. Known for their powerful live performances, the band recorded most The Great Detachment live off the floor, capturing the raw energy and intensity of…

Wintersleep – Amerika (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Yukon Blonde, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Hey Rosetta!)  Canadian alternative rock icons Wintersleep took over the charts with their latest album The Great Detachment and its powerful lead single “Amerika”. Named the #1 most added track at commercial Alternative and Active Rock radio within its first week, and finding a comfortable spot in the Top 10 at Alternative rock for a handful of weeks, Wintersleep have created something special. Since releasing The Great Detachment back in March, the Montreal-based band have been touring in support of the album, and have now added to the…

Wintersleep – The Great Detachment

(If you like: Hey Rosetta!, Matt Mays, Plants & Animals)  Hello Hum was the apex of Wintersleep’s discography; the 2011 record was a fiery demonstration of the Halifax-born band’s ability to captivate through resounding, crushing alternative rock, and soul-touching intensity. Their previous albums paved the path with well-crafted experimentation on New Interiors and their breakthrough album Welcome to the Night Sky, almost foreshadowing at the skilful, and articulate rock tunes of their latest album. 2008’s oh-so famous “Weighty Ghost” showcased lead singer/guitarist Paul Murphy’s true-spirtied songwriting; and 2010’s “Black Camera”…

Wintersleep – Territory ft. Geddy Lee

(If you like The Rural Alberta Advantage, Matt Mays, Hey Rosetta!) Only two weeks away from the anticipated release of The Great Detachment and after four years of silence from the beloved Halifax-based indie rock band, Wintersleep have released their 3rd single “Territory” featuring Rush frontman Geddy Lee. Of the singles released thus far, “Territory” stands out the most; perhaps due to the increased complexity of the lyrics, the driving beat, the chorus harmonies; or perhaps it’s that the “best bass player in the world” had a hand in its making. “We…

Wintersleep – Santa Fe

It has been four years since alternative rock group Wintersleep released their latest record Hello Hum. Their official return The Great Detachment will be released March 4th, but before then, the Montreal-based act released their lead single “Amerika” to critical acclaim, sitting at #1 for four weeks in a row as the most added song to Alternative radio. With such a promising start, Wintersleep have released the second single from the upcoming record “Sante Fe”. Recorded live-off-floor, the new record possesses a nostalgic aura, reaching back to the earlier sounds of Wintersleeps, but with…

Wintersleep – Amerika

(If you like Yukon Blonde, Matt Mays, Hey Rosetta!)  It has been almost four years since Halifax-born/Montreal-based alternative rock group Wintersleep released new music. Hello Hum was the last collection back in 2012, and now the follow up record has been announced. Set to be released March 4th, The Great Detachment will be Wintersleep’s sixth full-length, and their first with Dine Alone Records. Breaking the silence is lead single “Amerika”, the first look into the new record. Having worked on the record for more than two years, the band refocused their sound to…