THE WINTERLINGS’ YOU ARE ACRES OUT TODAY
STREAMING NOW AT POPMATTERS
ON TOUR THIS WINTER, RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT SEATTLE’S FREMONT ABBEY TONIGHT
“Filled with imagery pulled from the absurdly gorgeous region we live in, You Are Acres is the product of The Winterlings’ introspection.” —Seattle Times
“…one of my current favorites.” — WXPN
“The kind of album clearly capable of casting its spell, and once that’s accomplished, it refuses to let go.” —No Depression
“It’s hard not to be drawn into the poetry of the band’s new album, You Are Acres.” —Stereo Subversion
You Are Acres, the sophomore record from Pacific Northwest-based indie folk duo The Winterlings, is out today. In premiering the record, PopMatters raves, “You Are Acres paints the landscapes of Washington state in imaginative detail, capturing the spirit of the geography that the Winterlings inhabit.” The album can be streamed/shared at bit.ly/22Vrkjp.
The Winterlings are singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden. The group will be playing select shows this winter, including a record release show tonight at Seattle’s Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Please see full list of tour dates below.
With their debut The Animal Groom, both Paste and Blackbook named The Winterlings one of the Top 20 artists to see at CMJ Festival 2010. Following U.S. tour dates in support of the album, the band found themselves overjoyed to return home to Seattle to begin work on new music and draw upon the rich natural imagery around them. Birdsall says “a lot of the songs are about being connected to a place, to a piece of land.” She goes on to say “we call our song ideas ‘seeds’ and while lots of ‘seeds’ came to us on the road, it makes sense that they sprouted better once the ground stopped moving beneath us. They needed deep soil and the Northwest rain to grow up into songs.”
The duo wrote, recorded and produced You Are Acres entirely in their home studio, adding electric guitar, bass and horns to the mix of several songs. Throughout the album, Birdsall and Bowden take turns singing lead and playing guitar, violin, banjitar, ukulele, harmonium, piano and foot percussion. The album touches upon topics ranging from the duel between death and laughter in “Opening Line” to reflecting on a child’s social anxiety in “Easter Dress,” to a foot- stomping environmental anthem, “While We Were Sleeping,” which features a fiddle solo accompanied by Dixieland piano and horns.
Birdsall left a doctoral program in psychology to work on organic farms by day and write songs by night. Bowden, a lifelong poet and visual artist, abandoned medical school plans when he was named Artexpo's Artist of The Millennium for his paintings. Upon meeting and moving to the Pacific Northwest, Bowden taught himself to play guitar and the couple began writing together. After recording an early album under a different name, they made their debut as The Winterlings in 2010. The band has played New York’s CMJ Festival, Seattle’s EMP Museum and Northwest Folklife Festival, The Juan De Fuca Festival in Port Angeles and Fisherman’s Village Music Festival in Everett, WA.
For more information, please contact Joe Cohen, Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.
THE WINTERLINGS TOUR DATES
* with the Maldives
January 15 /// Seattle, WA /// Fremont Abbey*
January 29 /// Port Townsend, WA /// Sirens
January 30 /// Bainbridge Island, WA /// Eleven Winery
January 31 /// Port Angeles, WA /// NextDoor Gastropub
February 5 /// Anacortes, WA /// Rockfish Grill
March 4 /// Chelan, WA /// Campbell’s Resort
March 5 /// Winthrop, WA /// Old Schoolhouse Brewery