This September 6th, Wintersleep will release two new singles Free Fall and Fading Out via Dine Alone Records. Originally released together on an exclusive 7” for Record Store Day – a release that became the #1 seller at the Canadian national event – they will be available digitally worldwide for the first time.
Free Fall and Fading Out mark the latest in a particularly fruitful release period for the band, having earlier this year put out their seventh full-length album In The Land Of – a longlisted album for the Polaris Music Prize. They also contributed a track, The Twist, to the recent Tiny Changes – A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight (Atlantic Records) release, a tribute to the late Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, to whom the band had become close co-conspirators. They also worked with the award-winning director Christopher Mills on an incredible animated video for latest single Forest Fire, which you can watch below.
Like all Wintersleep records, In the Land Of encourages thought and introspection. The new record’s title is an incomplete thought, a blank that is filled in across the record with different places, words, and sounds. Free Fall and Fading Out mark themselves out as outstanding additions to the band’s canon – proud extensions to the album – all thoughtful anthemia and rousing, sky-high melodies.
The band says of them; “These are both songs we’re incredibly proud of recording and sharing with you. Free Fall is a really exciting song for us. It taps into our love of progressive rock songwriting. We kept it off In the Land Of because it has such a strong identity on its own. Fading Out is a sort of bridge from Great Detachment to In the Land Of era of songs, completed a bit too late to be included with Great Detachment but one of the first tracks we worked on when we started getting ready for In the Land Of. It’s interesting as it sort of gave In the Land Of a direction but ended up being a bit of an outlier. It has this neat guitar line that somehow ties in sonically with Free Fall and feels like a really good accompanying track. Both songs centre around the idea of dissolution. Fading Out starts as a sort of conversation about a dissolving relationship. Free Fall around the idea of coming to terms with the death of a loved one, how to continue living with someone after they have passed, taking the relationship forward into future.”
In September Wintersleep will take to the road with tour dates throughout Europe. Full tour dates can be found below. The JUNO Award winners have previously toured several continents and shared stages with Pearl Jam, Editors, MACABEES, Frightened Rabbit, Broken Social Scene and The Hold Steady, a performance on Late Night with David Letterman and even an opening slot for Sir Paul McCartney.
10th Sept // Switzerland, Zurich // Bogen F
11th Sept // Germany, Munich // Milla Club
12th Sept // Germany, Berlin // Musik & Frieden
13th Sept // Germany, Hamburg // Molotow
14th Sept // Denmark, Odense // Kansas City
16th Sept // Germany, Bremen // Tower **
17th Sept // Germany, Cologne // YUCA **
18th Sept // Germany, Wiesbaden // Schlachthof **
19th Sept // Belgium, Antwerp // Trix Bar **
20th Sept // Netherlands, Amsterdam // Cinetol **
21st Sept // France, Paris // Secret Show
23rd Sept // UK, Manchester // The Castle Hotel ^
24th Sept // UK, Glasgow // Venue TBA ^
25th Sept // Ireland, Dublin // Grand Social ^
27th Sept // UK, London // Omeara ^
** = Support from Cascade Lakes
^ = Support from FISKUR
Buy tickets here: https://umc.lnk.to/_Wintersleep
Free Fall / Fading Out artwork by Hayden Menzies