Wintersleep The Great Detachment on LP
Two years in the making, Wintersleep's new album The Great Detachment marks a return to the organic approach of the band's earlier works that simultaneously sees them reaching new pinnacles of songwriting and production. The eleven-song collection was recorded at Halifax's Sonic Temple (the birthplace of Welcome To The Night Sky and its preceding 2003 self-titled and 2005 untitled efforts) with producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai). The band recorded the majority of The Great Detachment live-off-the-floor, adding an organic and transparent aural aesthetic to the collection. The album is very much an introspective work, both conceptually and thematically. It delivers a welcome dose of the atmospheric, entrancing alt-rock for which the band has become known, with beautifully orchestrated arrangements anchored by haunting, almost hypnotic vocal melodies. "It's a very different energy," vocalist/guitarist Paul Murphy opines, "and one that we kind of missed."