By NATHAN SOLIS
In Los Angeles, the word winter could be accompanied by air quotes. It’s a mythical promise, a snow icon on the calendar that never graces the city. It’s just a name for the band Winter voiced by Samira Winter, who sings in colorful dream infused intonations.
Earlier this year the album Supreme Blue Dream was released by Echo Park-based Lolipop Records, which is a big giveaway that the band could be described as dream pop. It’s not a navel gazing affair, but more of an appreciation for the fey in the world of pop; a close examination would reveal a beehive of sounds.
Music snobs could take a spoonful of Winter’s music, smack their lips and list off the influences buried in the layers. Since I’m a sort of a snob – the track Someone Like You Winter reminds of the busy work that a group like M83 can accomplish, the vocals a mirage in the mix of synths and drums. All arrangement and producing credits go to Nolan Eley, who weaves a precise patchwork on this album.
On the breathy Like I Do the setting could be the troposphere. Harmonies are formless and brilliant in the way sunlight seems after a few hours in a dark movie theater.
With Crazy, Matt Hogan, lead guitar, crunches away with Garren Orr on drums and David Broyles on bass, the scenery chewed up in droning bliss, Samira’s voice a feather caught up in the whirlwind. With Strange Emotions, the keys cascade over drums and vocals, all of it polarizing, reminding of Canadian musician/composer Dan Bejar’s 2011 album Kaputt.
Throughout the album Samira’s voice is a fragrance in the air, sweetly greeting the arrangements in curls and loops. On less busy tracks, like Expectations, her voice is disciplined, surrounded by exhaling synths and insect like drums clicking away, all of it dream in a sort of way that says at any moment big paper snowflakes could fall from the sky.
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.