Friday, November 13, 2009

Review: Winterbloom "Traditions Rearranged" [EP]

Winterbloom is a supergroup of sorts that have just released an acoustic-based EP containing 8 tracks inspired by the holidays and the chilly season. While most of the songs have an overt holiday message, or are a traditional favorite, others are original tunes that can be played anytime of year.

Winterbloom strikes me as something the Indigo Girls might have gently dripping out of their speakers while decorating their holiday tree. Put another way, Winterbloom is sort of like the Lilith Fair of holiday EPs...these are not the bright and brassy carols you usually hear this time of year. They are soft, but lyrically sharp, and full of as much melancholy and sarcasm as they are Christmas cheer.

My favorite is their original tune, "Thanks for the Roses (Merry Christmas)". Penned by noted singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot, this ditty has quite a unique spin for a Christmas song, and is useful for those who'd rather push their significant other in front of a sleigh instead of dangling mistletoe. I also love the acoustical interpretations of holiday favorites such as "O Holy Night" and the simple piano and vocal of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

Winterbloom is:
Antje Duvekot -
Anne Heaton -
Meg Hutchinson -
Natalia Zukerman -

"Traditions Rearranged" is a refreshing break from the usual fare we are bombarded with this time of year, and the voices and harmonies are wonderful. Definitely worth putting on your list.

iPOD-worthy: 2, 3, 4, 8

Winterbloom on MySpace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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