The Upshot: Like all their albums, it doesn’t harbor immediate hooks or go for the recurring refrains, depending instead on its subtle allure to provide its appeal.
BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Any album that’s billed simply as Love Songs is bound to bask in the half light, and indeed Winterpills’ meditative gaze makes for a seamless fit with all that title implies. Those who have followed the band’s past progression are likely already aware of their ethereal harmonies and other-worldly ambiance, and so it’s no surprise that again, this time around, they don’t disappoint. Yet while the songs that bookend the album — “Incunabula” and “It Will All Come Back To You” — hold to that trademark texture, the group still manages to rouse the tempos regardless, with “Freeze Your Light” and “A New England Deluge” being the two more obvious examples. They even toss an odd bit of discordance into the mix, via the somewhat unsettling “Bringing Down the Body Count.” Granted, the song titles are a bit incongruous, but then again, Winterpills has always made it a point to mix some mystery in with their low-lit amplitude. Like all their albums, Love Songs doesn’t harbor immediate hooks or go for the recurring refrains, depending instead on its subtle allure to provide its appeal. Still, for those who allow time for the music to fully sink in, these Love Songs will easily prove enamouring.
DOWNLOAD: “Incunabul,” “Freeze Your Light,” “It Will All Come Back To You”