Today, Winter has shared a new video for “crimson enclosure”, taken off her new album What Kind of Blue Are You?, released earlier this month on Bar/None Records (Yo La Tengo, Ivy).
The new video comes on the heels of a sold out release show in Los Angeles at Zebulon, and ahead of an East Coast tour with Peel Dream Magazine that kicks off this weekend. On the decision to give “crimson enclosure” the video treatment, she explains “Crimson is my favorite song off the record. It’s heavy and fucked up. It’s pure saturation and sludge. A play on words with the classic “Crimson and Clover” it’s an anthem to the post-break up longing of an ex.”
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.
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.
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:
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
Today, Winter has shared another preview of her new album What Kind of Blue Are You?, due out October 14th on cult indie label Bar/None Records (Yo La Tengo, Ivy). “good” is a gorgeous slowcore spectacle that features a plume of harmonies from SASAMI. “This song is intoxicating.” says Samira Winter, “SASAMI has such a strong presence and voice, she really turned up the notch in how alluring and seductive this song feels.”
Sep 9 – Melbourne, VIC – Corner Hotel #
Sept 12 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique, AB Club #
Today, Winter has announced her new album What Kind of Blue Are You?, due out October 14th on cult indie label Bar/None Records (Yo La Tengo, Ivy).
Along with the news, Winter has shared lead single “atonement”, a rhythm centric banger buoyed by a tightly wound breakbeat and soaring chorus.
The track features Hatchie’s Harriette Pilbeam & Joe Agius, Winter will tour the West Coast with Peel Dream Magazine, and have announced LA & NYC releases shows.
On the single, Winter says “Every time I hear this song a new version of the story plays out in my head – an escape, a mystery, a forbidden love. By the time it reaches full climax there is a big reveal – the secret is out, the we discover who committed the crime, the two lovers find each other.” On the collaboration, Pilbeam says the track “really wrote itself and was a lot of fun to make.” Agius adds, “The concept for the video immediately came to mind when working on the song together. The dark and talkative verses contrasting with the bubbly hopeful choruses really conveyed the kinda energy I wanted to translate”
Over the course of the pandemic, Samira decamped to Studio 22 in L.A. with producer Joo Joo Ashworth (Automatic, Dummy, SASAMI) where the pair spent the many months of harsh uncertainty sharpening her songs into a fine point. “I felt like I was making music in a dark cave with an old friend and no one else existed,” Samira says of the process. Within that place of separation from the outside world, she was able to venture into the core of Winter, imbuing every musical choice with a confident intentionality, and newfound vulnerability. Whereas 2020’s Endless Space (Between You and I) was steeped in fairytale surrealism and springlike grace, What Kind of Blue Are You? is crystalline and spartan, songs stripped to their inner blue core – Winter’s smoldering shadow self.
Aug 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Braindead Studios, Genghis Cohen
Today, Winter has shared her new single “lose you”, a dreamlike reverie that harkens back to Samira
Winter’s earliest days, stripping her songwriting down to its core elements, crystalline and spartan. The new single comes with the announcement of West Coast tour dates with the like minded Peel Dream Magazine.
Over the course of the pandemic, Samira decamped to Studio 22 in L.A. with producer Joo Joo Ashworth (Automatic, Dummy, SASAMI) where the pair spent the many months of harsh uncertainty sharpening her songs into a fine point. “I felt like I was making music in a dark cave with an old friend and no one else existed,” Samira says of the process. Within that place of separation from the outside world, she was able to venture into the core of Winter, imbuing every musical choice with a confident intentionality, and newfound vulnerability. More so than ever before, the hypnotic rhythms of electronic music were a key reference point, as well as reliable favorites like early MBV & The Pastels.
Despite its euphoric clusters of synthesizers and skyward melodies, “lose you” is one of the most vulnerable songs from those sessions, Winter speaking to the grim realities of predatory abuse. “It’s a song about one of my saddest moments,” she explains, “where I realized that my close friend had been groomed by this older person that we all knew. I locked myself in my studio, turned on my blue light, and channeled this moment of despair through writing this song. Painting with exclamations from my Juno synth and releasing my emotions in a flurry of reverse delayed vocals.”
Aug 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Braindead Studios, Genghis Cohen
Shower Curtain is Victoria Winter. Winter is the younger sister of Samira Winter (https://twitter.com/samirawinter?lang=en ) of the band Winter. Today she releases her single “Running” off her upcoming EP Something Instead.
Born in Brazil, Victoria is now based out of New York, and the “Running” visual finds her surrounded by the city’s diverse landscape, walking through the park, and hanging on the beach.
Los Angeles based pop-quartet SZNS give a fresh new take on the classic 90’s girl group music we all know and love with blending elements EDM, Latin-synth, and House inspired beats. A perfect example of this sound can be heard on SZNS single “Build A Boy” written by SZNS along with Stefan Litrownik (One Direction, Boyz II Men) and Jason Hahs, with production by K-Kov & Stefan Lit. Each member Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn bring their own unique vocals and styles that blend together to create the vibrant SZNS sound.
When asked about their upcoming single “Build A Boy” SZNS’s said, “When we came together to write Build a Boy, the energy in the studio was a bit different from our usual confident selves. We were all feeling very vulnerable and even a little lonely. Each of us has experienced a relationship that wasn’t fulfilling us mentally, physically and/or spiritually. Build a Boy is our way of saying I deserve more than the bare minimum & I have to do what’s best for me. We realized some people are only in your life for a reason or a season and if you want the perfect partner, you have to find that within yourself first, because you can’t Build a Boy.” When speaking about their upcoming Time Square billboard SZNS, said, “We are so excited an honored to have a life size Billboard of our new single ,“Build A Boy” to celebrate its release! It feels like the start of something new for us. We can’t wait to see it in person!!”
Winter resides in a place between psychedelic, surf and pop. It is a colorful place filled with ecstatic emotion. Winter is getting ready to release their newest album this July called Endless Space. It is their first album on Bar None. The title track was released today
Samira Winter is the leader of the band. Originally from Brazil she moved to California. The band has origins in Boston and has grown in style and presence over the years. One of their pop tunes from 2017 was “Jaded”
FEMMUSIC: What was the biggest challenge making Endless Space?
SW: I would say mixing was the biggest challenge. There were a lot of different stages to the mixing process; first, Ian Gibbs (who recorded and co-produced the record with me) mixed all the tracks. But we still felt like they could be taken to the next level. Then we went to mix with Pat Jones at who helped smoothen out any of the harshness and bring in a fuller sound to our home recordings. It was hard because there were so many tracks to each song so we had to find a good balance of bringing to the front certain sounds and letting other sounds serve more as a textural base. Sometimes making those choices was stressful since Ian and I would get fixated to our ideas of what needed to happen. I would say that whole process was challenging but worth the battle in the long run.
FEMMUSIC: What was different in your approach to this album vs your prior ones?
SW: Well it felt like a singular experience overall. The record definitely documented a moment it time. Ian and I started working together and had a really strong musical connection. I would go to his house, show him my demo and then start with drums, then bass and further on layering the song. It always really clicked. We would spend a day or two completing a song. Then more time would pass and I would bring him another song. Looking back I definitely think there was something magical in the air where it just felt right to be working on those songs with him and in that musical style. This record will probably be the most “psych” Winter will sound. I guess this record just belonged to an inspiration of that period of time and all of the songs manifested from that sonic reality.
FEMMUSIC: Ethereality was released on your own label. What made you decide to sign with Bar None for this album?
SW: Well I was looking for a label this whole time actually haha but nothing had come up that really made sense so I decided to self-release (which I highly recommend if you’ve been sitting on a record for a year). But when Bar/None came along it felt like the right fit and I was really excited to have that kind of community and support. There isn’t a wrong or right way to do it, I would say it’s a very personal choice and it depends on your needs/priorities at the time.
FEMMUSIC: What is your favorite song on the album? Why?
SW: “Pure Magician”. It’s the last song off the record but I just really like the vibe of it. It’s the most “shoegaze” and maybe one of the darkest “vibes” and I’m just really happy with the production and how it turned out. I also wrote it based on the magician card from my tarot deck so it’s just a magical song overall.
FEMMUSIC: Can you describe your songwriting technique?
SW: 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 it’s 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.
FEMMUSIC: What song (not your own) has had the biggest influence on you and why?
SW: That’s a hard question. I would say “Here’s Where The Story Ends” by The Sundays is a song I’ve listened to so much and gives me so much inspiration and excitement about music.
FEMMUSIC: What challenges, if any, have you faced as a woman in the music industry? And how did you overcome them?
SW: Honestly, I feel it every single day. I’ve had mixing sessions where I felt like my voice wasn’t heard and they were literally my songs and I was paying out of pocket. I’ve had times where in my own team I felt like wasn’t being taken seriously as other the male artists that they work with. I’ve had former bandmates claim that they write the songs for Winter. I’ve had a sound guy during a festival call my former female bassist stupid. There’s so many stories I could keep going for a while. But basically I’ve gone through enough where I feel I’m getting better at calling people out in the moment when it happens and having a thicker skin about it. Also I’ve gotten better about setting boundaries and being assertive about what I want. It’s still something I’m working on and it’s not easy but it’s necessary! It only makes you stronger and sometimes that anger can really fuel you in positive ways.
FEMMUSIC: Whom would you most like to collaborate with, or tour with? Why?
SW: I would love to collaborate with an electronic artist and do a dreamy electro track. I would love to tour with Alvvays and Blonde Redhead. It could be a long list but I would love to tour with bands that inspire me and who’s music I truly love. Collaboration wise it excites me to try out different things so the electro idea comes from that!
FEMMUSIC: What one thing would you like to change about the music industry?
SW: I would love it if there were more women working in the industry in general: sound engineers, running venues, booking agents, managers, producers, mixing engineers, mastering engineers, etc. It wouldn’t allow sexism to permeate so heavily and would make the men that work in the business more accountable for their words and actions.
Winter is Samira Winter and her band. Winter is a psychedelic dream-pop band whose lyrics are a dreamscape to the imagination. Winter is prolific in releasing both albums and EP’s. They are releasing their first album on Bar None Records called Endless Space coming this May. The lead single of the album is “Say”
Winter at Lost Lake – Denver, CO – August 21, 2018
Winter is coming and they’re bringing the sunshine with them. Winter is a LA based dream pop band led by Samira Winter. As a band they’ve released 2 albums: Supreme Blue Dream & Ethereality. There are also the EP’s Daydreaming, Tudo Azul and numerous singles including “Jaded”, “Dreaming”, and “Amiga”
They are working on a new album called Estela Mágica due in September. Samira Winter has come from Brazil, to Boston to LA. Her band brings a playfulness and joy to songs in English & Portuguese. They also have a fun sense of humor as in their latest video
This LA 4 piece is into fun dream pop as their debut full length album Supreme Blue Dream demonstrates. Samira Winter sings in both English & Portuguese and continues to be involved in many projects. For info visit http://tinybluesparks.tumblr.com