by Tim Birkbeck
A bit of a disclaimer before getting into the meat of The Winter Passing‘s new six track EP – as a reviewer I am a sucker for a catchy hook. This is something Irish band deliver in abundance on their new record, Double Exposure.
The follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2015 debut record, A Different Space of Mind, Double Exposure EP shows their growth as a band. It feels like the band has stepped away from the overly emotional approach to songwriting focusing instead on giving their fans something to grab onto and sing along to.
Rather than just being a collection of songs, Double Exposure seems to have a flow to it. From opening track ‘Baby Rabbit’ through to closer ‘So Sad Virginia’ it feels as if the tracks are placed in this reason for a particular reason. This is really apparent in the song ‘She Was A Rose’ which is possibly the closest the band have ever come to writing a pop-rock song. It features riffs that you won’t be able to stop humming along to and a crowd pleasing chorus which will sound absolutely huge at live shows.
One of the things that really draws me to The Winter Passing is the differing tones in Rob and Kaye Flynn’s voices. They both have a very distinctive pitch to them, but not so much so that they conflict. In fact they actually compliment each other extremely well.
A prime example of this is in the single ‘Significance’ where Rob takes the lead with the quite heartfelt and sombre lyrics, before the chorus kicks in with Kate singing the words “stay with me…” it is one of those perfect eureka moments bands have from time to time.
Despite the upbeat exterior, The Winter Passing have their demons. “Es•cap•ism” is a beautiful change from the fast pace upbeat songs and really shows a vulnerable side to the band. It’s something that makes the band even more relatable.
Double Exposure is an indication of The Winter Passing’s growth and evolution – something that’s surely a good sign of what’s to come further down the line.
Double Exposure is due out on April 21st via Big Scary Monsters and 6131 Records