-by Libby Sutherland, Violet Wave Staff-
“Forest Fire” is the first single to be released off of Wintersleep’s seventh full-length album titled “In The Land Of” out now under Dine Alone. Seven albums later, and much like the rest of Wintersleep’s music, “In The Land Of” delivers. It’s tasteful and catchy, but more than that – it’s thoughtful.
On the influence behind the latest album, Wintersleep explains “… Geography is both real and imagined. It is understood that our surroundings are not, in fact, essential or concrete elements; they’re constructed in relation to us, the inhabitants. Our identities, too, are constructed in relation to the land.” The band draws on ideas and experiences of feeling like a stranger unable to connect to their surroundings or feeling foreign in “your own land”.
In this case, Wintersleep is speaking specifically about their experience as a Canadian band living on “Canadian soil” currently reaping the benefits of a mass genocide that took place years back. According to vocalist and guitarist Paul Murphy, “In The Land Of” is meant as a “musical acknowledgment and a step toward taking responsibility in making it right.” Find more on the band and their new album here: