Release Date: Feb 14, 2012
Record label: Signature Sounds
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Sadcore
The Massachusetts band Winterpills is something of a house band for the small Americana music label Signature Sounds. There’s a few reasons for this: vocalist/keyboardist Flora Reed moonlights as the label’s Director of Publicity, and guitarist Dennis Crommett released a pretty good solo album in his own right on the label last year called In the Buffalo Surround. Thus, Winterpills feels like a “family affair”.
Pitched somewhere between shoegaze-informed atmosphere, especially in how Kevin Shields appreciated the use of reverb and echo even at the quietest moments, and sweet early-'70s folk-rock harmonies, the latter as refracted through the succeeding generations that have resulted in the CSNY-styled revivals of the 21st century, Winterpills' All My Lovely Goners is a rich and often quite enjoyable listen. "Amazing Sky" could almost be a sweet recollection of a ramble on a summer's day, were it not for the lyrics talking about essentially laying someone or something to its eternal rest. A song like "Rogue Highway," mixing both a classic Motown stomp and a bit of '80s R.E.M.
Winterpills' folk-pop travels a line tracing Simon & Garfunkel, mid-Seventies Fleetwood Mac, REM jangle, and the quiet thunder of Cowboy Junkies. All My Lovely Goners, the Massachusetts quintet's fifth disc, abandons some of the loops and effects looming in its past work for more ensemble interaction. The results are the same glorious dreamscapes, only with a contented human face.