The Winter Blanket - Golden Sun
The six tracks here show this Minneapolis band in full maturity of vision; for a young band to cram so many ideas and powerful images in about 25 minutes is amazing. They work with a sublte, seemingly dour foundation, and take it into the mystic from there.
Singers Stephanie Davila and Doug Miller add depth to atmospheric, almost shoe-gazing tunes like "Cold," while "Sleepy Eyes" and "Fade Into You" feature just the right mix of brooding and lo-fi menace. "Sink of Swim" and "Neil Young Blues" build off of honky-tonk and folk melodies; the title track cranks it up a bit, but still retains a soft glow. This is mood music, but restless. Gorgeous and detached, but also warm and joyful. This band knows how to lay down some honest moving grooves, and has talent to burn. There is enough here to go forward for ten releases.
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