October 5th, 2022

Winter

Winter

Winter is Samira Winter a prolific songwriter whose next album, What Kind of Blue Are You?, comes out October 14, 2022 on Bar/None Records. The album was produced by Joo Joo Ashworth, brother of Sasami Ashworth. It features Sasami as well as Hatchie. The album brings a new tone to Winter. It is filled with themes of love, loss, desire and depression. Winter is described as dreampop and shoegaze. What Kind of Blue Are You? comes blazing into rock supplemented by Winter’s ethereal vocals.

Winter releases the single “Sunday” yesterday.

“sunday” is a fever dream meditation on social media toxicity, a topic she says is “always on my mind and generates a lot of fear and anxiety for me. It’s a critique on social media’s effect on mental health and contorted beauty standards for women.”

Winter will be touring in October and November.

Tour Dates

Oct 22  – Los Angeles, CA @  Zebulon #

Oct 28 – Chicago, IL @ Hideout #

Oct 29 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *

Oct 30 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Underground #

Oct 31 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo #

Nov 1 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad #

Nov 3 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong #

Nov 4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right #

Nov 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ukie Club #

# support from Peel Dream Magazine

* supporting Panchiko

FEMMUSIC was honored to e-mail with Winter about the new album.

#daydreamingwinter

FEMUSIC:  What was the biggest challenge making What Kind of Blue Are You?

SW: After we recorded the album,  I felt really torn on how to move forward with the mixing process. It was important to me to retain the “tapeyness” and lo-fi quality of the original recordings but I also felt that it needed to be a fuller sound to really hit the spot for me. I took some space from listening to the songs and kept my eyes open for a mixing engineer. Some months passed till I serendipitously met Omar Yakar who ended up being the perfect engineer for the record and made both of those worlds meet.

FEMMUSIC: I just took a look at the producers you’ve worked with over time. There are very few repeats. Why did you choose Joo Joo Ashworth to produce this album? How did you meet? What were you looking for in a producer this time?

SW: At the time, I was craving making a pure shoegazey record and Joo Joo is someone I’ve always bonded with musically in that specific way. He was actually one of the first people I met when I moved to LA in 2014. I was looking to record in an environment that felt like a safe space for ideas, experimentation and vulnerability. He’s a really empowering and respectful person to work with and just gets it musically.

FEMMUSIC: In 2020 we e-mailed about Endless Space and you had an interesting answer about your songwriting technique:

“My usual technique is I’ll have a melody idea, then find a progression and then demo it with drum machine and bass and lead guitars or whatever it needs. I try to demo it as the fullest song it can be but then I’ll eventually bring it to a producer and re-record (sometimes using some of the sounds from my demo) and continue the process of arranging and producing it with them. I like the style of development since its fun for me to bounce off ideas with someone else. The biggest thing is finding the right person to work with for the vibe of songs I’m going for.”

What kind of vibe we’re you looking for with this album?

SM: Gazey and diy!

FEMMUSIC: Tell me about “Write It Out.” How did that song develop? It’s one of my favorites on the album.

SW: Oh nice! That’s the first song we recorded actually and it really set the tone for the rest of the record. That song came out of me during a lunch break from my barista job at the time. My intent was to write a song to bring it to my co-worker to work on together and I wanted it to be kind of Starflyer 59. Once it started coming out of me I realized it was a Winter song and finished it that day. I’m really into journaling as a form of conversing with myself and figuring things out so to me that song is about that process.

FEMMUSIC: You singles “Atonement” and “Good” have already been released. Both of these songs are collaborations. I was curious about some of the “nitty gritty” on how the collaborations came about. With each song, did you all decide it would be good for the collaboration, or did Harriette or Sasami pick from a list, or some other method to decide which songs to join you on? What are your expectations for a collaboration?

SW: With “Atonement” I had been corresponding with Joe Agius from Hatchie on song ideas over the pandemic and I sent him an instrumental demo which then him and Harriette came back with lyric and melodic ideas. So that was co-written and worked on with all three of us corresponding via email since they are from Australia. With “good” it was really casual, we had most of the song recorded but felt like it was still missing something important. Sasami came into the studio one afternoon and tracked layered vocal melody’s which was exactly what song needed.

FEMMUSIC: The album has some strong themes including love, desire and depression. Since this album was done during COVID, how were you coping?

SW: Well that’s the thing is that all of these feelings came up viscerally through me during that time. The pandemic was the backdrop of writing and recording the album so it had a major impact on the whole process. I think in some ways I channeled the collective emotional narrative but for the most part they were written from a personal perspective. I felt depressed, raw, in-love, angry, sad – I was cracked open by the circumstances, realities shattered, and first time experiences. 

FEMMUSIC: What one thing would you like to change about the music industry?

SW: I’d take away the expectations of physical appearance and sexuality for women artists.

FEMMUSIC: As a woman in the industry, how have you been discriminated against? What tools do you use to fight it?

SW: I think everyday as someone who isn’t a white man you experience discrimination in some way and it’s hard to truly separate what’s the industry and what’s the overall patriarchy we are all living under. Most of my experiences of sexism on tour come from interacting with sound guys and feeling like my voice isn’t being heard or I’m not respected. Something that’s happened to me in the PR/journalism world specifically in Brazil and Spanish speaking countries is being a called a singer when someone who does exactly what I do but is a man would be called an artist. I guess I’m still figuring out the “tools” but I’ve become better at confrontation and being assertive with my needs.

FEMMUSIC: What song, not your own, has had the biggest influence on you, and why?

SW: “Saltwater” by Beach House is a really important song to me and to Winter – it gives me that spinning feeling of nostalgia-beauty-sadness all at once.

FEMMUSIC: What artist, not on the album, did you discover that you think everyone should know?

SW: Everyone should listen to the song “Sweat Forever” by Lily Konigsberg

 

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August 12th, 2022

Last week Carly Rae Jepsen released “Beach House.” Now she releases the video:

#Carlyraejepsen 

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August 5th, 2022

Today, GRAMMY®-, Juno- and Polaris Prize-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen releases new single “Beach House” from her forthcoming album The Loneliest Time

Produced by Alex Hope,  and co-written by Jepsen, Hope and Nate Cyphert, “Beach House” is an all-too-real account of the wild unpredictability of app-based dating.

Earlier this week Jepsen announce the release date for her most introspective body of work to date, The Loneliest Time, which will be released October 21 on 604/Schoolboy/Interscope Records.

Loneliest Time

Tour dates for Carly Rae Jepsen

 Sept. 21 Cleveland, OH  Jacobs Pavilion w/Bleachers

Sept. 22 Toronto, ON  Budweiser Stage w/Bleachers

Sept. 24 Montreal, QC  MTELUS

Sept. 26 Boston, MA  Roadrunner

Sept. 28 New York, NY  Radio City Music Hall

Sept. 29 Washington DC  The Anthem

Oct. 1  Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia

Oct. 2  Norfolk, VA  The NorVa

Oct. 4  Knoxville, TN  Tennessee Theatre

Oct. 5  Atlanta, GA  The Eastern

Oct. 7  Austin, TX   Austin City Limits Festival

Oct. 9  Houston, TX  713 Music Hall

Oct. 10  Dallas, TX  South Side Ballroom

Oct. 12  Denver, CO  Mission Ballroom

Oct. 14  Salt Lake City, UT The Union Event Center

Oct. 15  Las Vegas, NV  The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Oct. 17  Phoenix, AZ  Arizona Federal Theatre

Oct. 18  Los Angeles, CA  Greek Theatre

Oct. 20  Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre

Oct. 21  Berkeley, CA  Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

Oct. 23  Portland, OR  Roseland Theater

Oct. 24  Portland, OR  Roseland Theater

Oct. 26  Seattle, WA  Showbox SoDo

Oct. 27  Seattle, WA  Showbox SoDo

Oct. 29  Vancouver, BC  Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Nov. 2  Madison, WI  The Sylvee

Nov. 4  Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater

Nov. 5  Chicago, IL  Aragon Ballroom

#carlyraejepsen

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April 22nd, 2022

Hatchie

Hatchie has officially released her anticipated new album and Secretly Canadian debut, Giving The World Away.

Hatchie has shared a Joe Agius-directed video for album standout “The Rhythm.”

Giving The World Away marks the start of a chapter in which Hatchie infuses her dazzling dream-pop and shoegaze tangle with a deeper and more honest portrayal of herself. “There’s more to me than just writing songs about being in love or being heartbroken — there’s a bigger picture than that,” Hatchie explains. “This album really just feels like the beginning to me, and scratching the surface – and even though it’s my third release as Hatchie, I feel like I’m rebooting from scratch.”

Giving the World Away is a sprawling work. Featuring extensive input from long-time Hatchie collaborator Joe Agius, it takes the celestial, shimmering shoegaze and pop sensibilities of her earlier releases, but with the volume knob cranked up tenfold. Built out with percussion from Beach House drummer James Barone, it’s synthed-out, sonic opulence, a more structured and ornate musicality with traces of ‘90s trip-hop and acid house influences.

TOUR DATES:

05/04/22 – Washington, D.C. – Songbyrd Record Cafe

05/05/22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry

05/06/22 – Somerville, MA – Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre

05/07/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

05/09/22 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB

05/10/22 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison

05/12/22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe

05/13/22 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups

05/14/22 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village

05/15/22 – St Paul, MN – Turf Club

05/19/22 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club

05/20/22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

05/21/22 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

05/23/22 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop

05/25/22 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

05/26/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

#hihatchie

 

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August 16th, 2018
Beach House and Sound of Ceres at Ogden Theatre 
Denver, CO 
August 15, 2018 
Photos by Charles Powell 
 

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June 22nd, 2017

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August 23rd, 2016
 at Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO – August 22, 2016
Photos by Charles Powell
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