Another Kickstarter success story to go with this release, All My Lovely Goners was released on CD and download back on Valentine’s day through Signature Sounds, but after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an LP release you’ll now be able to get the album in the form of a double vinyl release.
This is my first foray into the music of the Winterpills, and I am suitable impressed, there’s a lot going on this album a veritable musical feast for the ears, lush harmonies woven with melancholic indie pop, some sweet guitar work and a host of other instrumentation including strings, lap steel, mellotron, glockenspiel, flute, concertina and a little sax for good measure – all perfectly executed, it’s one of those albums you really need to block out the outside world to appreciate the nuances and carefully executed production. Highlights, well there’s plenty of them, Rogue Highway the Jawhawks inspired (?) foot tapping hand clapping ditty that got me up from from chair and tangled up in my headphone cord, January Rain’s psychedelic tones that segues into a acoustic number The Sun Is Alone were three notable ones for me, though the stand out was Dying Star, the band exercise a high level of quality control throughout it’s 50 minute 13 track offering and it’s a fine recording.
The writing and recording for the release was over a period of two years at the Boomerang Ranch a project studio in Hadley, MASS belonging to the bands principal songwriter Philip Price (vocals, guitars) and Flora Reed (vocals, keys), the five piece bands line-up is completed by Dennis Crommett (guitar), Brian Akey (bass) and Dave Hower (drums), Winterpills have a further four recordings to check out too, releasing three full-length albums, a self-titled effort debut in 2005, The Light Divides in 2007 and Central Chambers in 2008, then in 2010 an EP Tuxedo of Ashes.