Album: The Great Detachment
Artist: Wintersleep
Label: Dine Alone Records
Genre: Indie Rock
Year: 2016

Grade: A-

Wintersleep, a Nova Scotian indie band, has been one of the main acts of the Maritime rock scene for the better part of a decade. Their most recent album, The Great Detachment, is their first record on their new label, Dine Alone Records. Other fellow Canadian acts like City & Colour and Hey Rosetta! are a few of the homegrown acts on the independent label.

The band’s sixth record has an energetic vibe and that is shown on songs like “Territory” and “Santa Fe.” The first song is about love, and comparing his lover to things like a factory, fantasy, and a territory. The latter song is an energetic track with vocals reminiscent of Daft Punk.

Songs like “Spirit” and “Love Lies” are tracks that showcase the band’s diversity. “Spirit” incorporates a synth-drum beat with harmonies to die for. The latter has a great synth intro, which then turns into a fast-paced number with great drumming from Loel Campbell.

A few of my favorites include, “Amerika,” a 90s inspired song talking about love and trust with the line, “I can’t survive on my Amerika.” Also “Shadowless,” a folk-inspired song about existential angst and finding out who you really are.

For people who didn’t know about Wintersleep before this album, this album offers a great opportunity to learn more about this band. It is an excellent album that should pique your interest.