Now that we’re a good week and a half past Memorial Day it’s getting harder and harder to deny that, yes, summer’s here, and it’s probably here to stay for a very, very long time. But before you crank up the A/C and get out the SPF 1000, take a moment to listen to Wintersleep. The Juno Award-winning (Canada’s highest music award) band hails from Nova Scotia and makes music just dreamy enough to get lost in, and poppy enough to keep things interesting.
Wintersleep formed in 2001, and with the help of Canadian indie label and artists’ collective Dependent Music, the band released their 2003 eponymous debut and 2005 untitled sophomore record. In 2007 came Welcome to the Night Sky, their third record and first with a major label. The following year, Wintersleep earned their Juno award for New Group of the Year (which is an ironic award considering that they had been around for the better part of a decade at that point). On the heels of their Juno win, the group released New Inheritors in 2010.
Next week, on June 12, the band is set to release their fifth studio record Hello Hum. One of the record’s tracks, “Resuscitate” has made it out into the world already, and we’re lucky enough to call it our song of the day. There’s a dramatic tension in “Resuscitate.” The rhythm and drum work are athletic, and the simple, on-the-one bass makes the song almost downright dance-y. But there’s something else at work in the song. The vocals are deliberate, languid even, and there’s enough other little electronic bits popping in and out to give the song atmosphere to spare. It’s a melding of earthly and ethereal that Wintersleep does best.