Sublime. That’s the single word that I feel best describes the Gallons EP from Sydney’s Winter People. The band consists of six members, including two violinists, which they use to their gain by crafting their own unique sound that, while it can be compared to other bands (The National, The Jezebels), it is entirely their own. The EP has been released to the public as something of a teaser for their upcoming album which is slated for a release quite soon; the songs chosen for the track list of this EP do an excellent job of arousing interest in their forthcoming full-length.
In the less than fifteen minutes that Gallons runs for, Winter People demonstrate that they possess the beautiful ability to effectively create music that is earnest (acoustic version of ‘Gallons’), subtlety (on ‘Valley Hymn’), intense and unfazed (‘Man of Constant Sorrow). Opener and title-track, ‘Gallons’, is the perfect dash of darkness in the band’s folk artillery; it’s an intensely building song that comes to an emotionally fiery ending. The musical atmosphere created by Winter People on ‘Gallons’ and lead singer Dylan Baskind’s voice complement each other superbly; it’s as if they were destined to go together! To me, their music screams imagery; it’s very visual and has the ability to take you somewhere else when you close your eyes.
Winter People have done a fantastic job by giving people a taste of what they’ve been working on. The Gallons EP is a promising sneak peek of the album that I, now, cannot wait for.
Gallons is out now. Get out and grab it!