GENRE | WIST-FOLK
VERDICT | MELANCHOWHEEE
LABEL | SIGNATURE SOUNDS
RELEASE | 2.14.12
The last (also: first) time I saw Winterpills was at Wellfleet’s Beachcomber, a Cape-bum hangout nestled seaside on Cahoon Hollow and frequented by regulars who’ll pay a $25 cover for a show they never knew about. They opened for Fountains of Wayne.
I mention this because it’s just that combination of effervescent, beach-weather cheer with the wistful and melancholic which defines All My Lovely Goners.
“Amazing Sky” and “Rogue Highway” flirt with clap-your-hands hooks, while “Pretty Girls” goes spare and dour with lost-love’s pining, and “Dying Star” showcases the group’s penchant for darkly comedic lyricism. In fairness, “January Rain” is as an idiosyncratic misstep into half-baked psychedelics. But overall, Winterpills consistently impress with lush, expansive melodies and emotional complexity. Even at their brightest, they evoke a sense of loss—sending out missives from the day after summer.