Love Like Winter
Kind of staggering that Wintercoats is the project of just one guy when he creates such a full blown complex sound. Also staggering that something so good could come out of my hometown Ballarat. Even though he only moved there a few years ago, it still counts.
James Wallace makes superb pop songs with his violin, a loop pedal and I’m guessing a few knick knacks. Sounds very Final Fantasy-ish in theory, but Wintercoats has very much its own sound. Wonderfully ethereal, winding and complex: it’s kind of like the perfect way to write modern pop songs. Wallace has extreme control of every aspect here, perfect instrumentation and production with spookily subtle hooks. He is quite adept at spinning a tale of love via endearing similes and metaphors too. Mostly he writes good songs.
You can download his debut Cathedral EP for free(!) over on his tumblr.