Discovery: Wintersleep

Canadian indie outfit, Wintersleep, set the tone for their album In the Land Of with the satisfying and introspective track Forest Fire

By Mark Wright

Forest Fire masterfully evokes a bitterly cold Canadian forest in almost onomatopoeic fashion. Most striking in Forest Fire is the piano track which melodically underpins the song and rhythmically drives the rest of the performance. Equally satisfying are the punchy, reverb-soaked stabs of distorted guitar which thrust themselves to the front of the track and give the listener a wake up call at around the two-minute mark. The vocal performance on Forest Fire is full of layers of sound and gives deeper texture to the track; so well blended and suited that it almost sinks in as a part of the instrumentals.

Wintersleep are Canada’s answer to indie rock and have been a prolific outfit since they released their self-titled EP in 2003. This track is a lead single from their most recent project, In the Land Of, which released on Soundcloud about a week ago as of this review. In the Land Of is the band’s seventh full length album and is well worth a listen. Check out Forest Fire below.