We get it, it's hard to stop listening to Fiona Apple right now. But please consider taking a break from your Fetch the Boltcutters binge to take a listen to this captivating new album by Overwinter. We promise, you'll be happy you did.
Overwinter released their debut album, Francis Winter, under Goodhowareyou Records, and it is a perfect mix of new and old. Francis tells us that he is inspirited by a solid mix of modern (Phantogram, Gorillz, Metric) and motown (James Brown, The Temptations, Minnie Riperton), and the result is a mesmerizing, all-encompassing journey from the first track all the way through the end.
Francis's writing process is pretty organic, creating the instrumentals with sampling first. After listening to the track over and over, he starts on the lyrics. Francis explores many relatable (for better or for worse) topics in his lyrics, "I wrote about falling in love and getting to know my partner [in the song Late Nights and Smokes], surviving an abusive relationship even though part of me didn't want to leave [in the song For U] ...mental health was also a big theme in these songs. And of course, just being a big ole gay." Francis is able to bring genuine authenticity to his music with so much ease, even when the topics are complicated and difficult to approach. The entire album was recorded and produced at home by Francis, making it that much more impressive.