Winter // Supreme Blue Dream
Recommended Track: Some Kind of Surprise
For a band called Winter, they sure sound a lot like a summer spent sneaking into the neighbor’s swimming pool. Too upbeat to be a dream and too damn catchy to bypass, Winter’s new record Supreme Blue Dream is a fluid and fun album to paint the town aqua to when you’ve got nothing else to do.
The entire record is put together well, with “Crazy” and “Don’t Stay Away” straying into garage-rock territory, yet managing to keep one foot in the depths of outer-space. The most intriguing track involves dipping into her mother’s native tongue of Portuguese on the atmospheric last track “Expectations/Exigencias”; an intriguing touch that goes to show just a sliver of what makes this band Lolipop Records’ Echo Park darlings. Winter’s lyrics read like excellent poetry and reach for gorgeous bouquets rather than straws.
Samira Winter’s musical career started during her college days in Boston, alongside her producer and band-mate Nolan Eley, but Winter as a band blossomed in LA. A huge fan of music communities and creature-comforts myself, I understand why Winter chose to relocate near some familiar faces and sounds in LA after graduating. However, whenever a good friend of mine makes a choice based much more towards comfort rather than the discomfort associated with risk, I’m instantly reminded of this quote from Orson Welles’ speech in the 1949 film The Third Man: “In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” That’s not to say I don’t love a vintage cuckoo clock, or that I don’t care for the record; I just think stripped of their security blanket for a bit, Winter could really delve into the profound beyond the self-proclaimed “dream pop shoegaze project.”
With a whole friend-family backing them, Winter has enough support to form a small hipster army. Let’s just hope the next step involves stepping onto some terra ingonita to elevate them from a band you could accidentally overlook to a band that forces you to do a double-take. I know they’ve got it in them.
To learn more about Winter’s future shows, the recording process and more about Samira herself, check out our exclusive interview with the songstress here.