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Winter: Supreme Blue Dream (Lolipop Records, 2015)

“Individually, the songs are bite-sized morsels: densely packed pop treasures between two and four minutes long at head-bobbing tempo. Whether sensual (“Strange Emotions”) or wooly (“Crazy”), each song employs vintage Roland tones and effects that shake up the staid fuzz & ‘verb conventions many dreampop bands are departing from. “Someone Like You” opens with an 80’s chime and string hook that goes front to back at high velocity with the grounding thump of a Precision bassline. Samira’s rhythmic bilabials tiptoe through the bridge as her overdubbed leads soar into the modulating expanse, the bifurcated guitars and harpischord arpeggios bespoke with reverb. And that’s just the first song.
The slow-tempo “Like I Do” builds on a field recording and flute patch, holding indefinitely for the guitar’s acoustic strums and Samira’s chanting “They don’t know you like I do.” It’s the longest song of the album, building on the slightly melancholic “Some Kind of Surprise” with its reverse-swelling intro and half-hidden brass. “Don’t Stay Away” is my personal favorite: drum machine beats, polka-esque bottom end, and high dancing synths open up to a tone-cut overdriven guitar chorus, bending and sputtering as it dies. The instrumentation details the lyrics in shade and hue, lyrics that wax on adolescent feels and wistful sentiment. Half-masked in effect, Samira writes simply and directly to counterweight the adorning glitter in songs like “Waiting For the Summer,” “Flower Tattoo,” and the hazy “Pretender.” In this album, the verbosity is best left to the rosewood and the bell bronze, the capacitors and the diodes. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Like the sativa-dominant strain that shares its name, Supreme Blue Dream envelops listeners in a collage of emotions and tonal colors, with catchy hooks that leave indelible marks on the ears and mind. Densely textured, the album wades through waters both dreampop and psychedelic, light-hearted in its lyricism and tonality. Songs explore themes of nostalgia, infatuation, and self-awareness in calculated structure” (Feed Me With Your Kiss)

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30 julio, 2015 Posted by | Winter | Deja un comentario

Samira Winter: Tudo Azul (Ep, 2014)

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Aunque se ha alejado algo ya de sus comienzos LoFi, la música de Samira Winter continúa sonando igual de fresca que entonces. Su Indie recuerda mucho al de las College Radio de los noventa, y se permite incluso el lujo de incluir pequeñas influencias de sonidos autóctonos brasileños en You´re my sound, el único corte entonado en inglés en un Ep cantado el resto en brasileño. 

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9 enero, 2015 Posted by | Winter | Deja un comentario

Winter: Alligator (Single, 2013)

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El nuevo sencillo de mi amiga Samira Winter se llama Alligator. Es todo un compendio de sentimientos, verano y calidez en un envoltorio de caramelo Indie.

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“Amazing friendships, beach times, sunshine happiness”

29 agosto, 2013 Posted by | Winter | Deja un comentario

Winter: Daydreaming (Ep, 2012)

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Nada más alejado de la realidad si consideramos el nombre de esta banda para juzgar su música. Winter es algo así como el proyecto de Samira Winter, una chica de Curitiba, Brasil, afincada en Boston y que factura un Dream-Pop de aires ensoñadores que tienen tanto que ver con los referentes del género como con los referentes a la música más caliente que ha caracterizado históricamente a su país. Algo difícil de asimilar al leerlo pero que comprenderéis perfectamente si escucháis, por ejemplo, Nothing, el tema que cierra este Ep:

El resto del disco no difiere en gran medida del corte que os recomiendo, y Bedroom philosophies, Daydreaming o Your eyes os llevarán por ese territorio ameno del Pop más ensoñador. Recomendable disco que podéis encontrar desde su Bandcamp poniendo el precio que consideréis oportuno.

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Hot on the heels of her critically lauded “Daydreaming” EP, Samira Winter is looking to take her project, aptly titled “Winter” out on the road beyond the friendly confines of Boston. We caught up with her recently to ask about her plans for touring, as well as recording.

Samira, you’ve been getting a lot of positive press, not just from us, for the stunning debut you dropped day before Christmas. Have you found a lot of like minds are digging the new, dreamier sound you’ve put forward on “Daydreaming”?
 Yes, a lot of people involved in the Boston scene were very receptive to my music, mainly people I didn’t know personally. The Allston Pudding and Michael Marrota from The Phoenix really helped bring “Daydreaming” to the right ears.
You’ve added some folks to flesh out the sound for the upcoming tour. Who’s on board with you, and what do they bring to the table?
Nolan Eley (guitar/vocals) is someone I’ve always wanted to work with and to have him in my band is a dream come true. He produced and recorded the “Daydreaming” EP, so it made sense to have him in the band. Kyle Oppenheimer (bass) was already in a band with Nolan, so he came in with a powerful shoegaze chemistry and drawing from many of the same influences as the rest of the band mates. I met Ana Karina DaCosta recently and she just opened my world to so much of the Boston music scene and life in general.
Tour plans: how large in scope are you hoping to go? What cities would you like to be included? And what challenges do you expect to face as an independent artist trying to establish your own unique music brand?
We are still in the process of setting up a tour but we’re looking at an East Coast tour sometime in the spring passing through Northampton, MA, New York City, NY and Portland, ME among other cities. We hope to play a West Coast tour during the summer in California and possibly Olympia, WA.
New songs coming? And any plans for recording?
Yes! We are recording a couple songs currently and will probably release an EP in the next few months. We’re also participating in the Practice Room Records Compilation.
In closing, anything you’d like to share with your fans?
Support your local artists!” (decayfm.com)

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2 abril, 2013 Posted by | Winter | Deja un comentario

   

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