Wintergreen formed in Manchester in 1999 and are now based in London. The Rule of Small Things is their debut album and has been more than 10 years in the making. It is ostensibly a fusion of Liz Harris’ Grouper-style harmonies, the unabashed musicality and noise of Deerhoof and the writings of Samuel Beckett. It was recorded in the band’s self-built studio in North London and mastered by sonic artist Lawrence English.
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Winntergreen certainly don't lack ambition. Ten years in the making, this opus is a collage of kraut inspired rhythms, folky clatter and whimsical songwriting. Theirs is a micro sound that would not be out of place in the ‘folktronica’ movement of several years ago where people like Tunng collided electronica with the kind of old fashioned instrumentation usually seen at a barn dance.
‘Form Projected’ is a particular highlight here with all manner of instruments clattering along ‘neath robotic vocals. The choral led opener ‘No Cymbals’ has Broadcast-like atmospherics leading into a kind of Benedictine monks Gregorian chant‘ take on folk. 'Cochon d’Inde too has a choral effect to the vocals and goes off in millions of tangents at once, wibbling proggy guitars sitting happily alongside skittering electronics and Philip Glass like bell tones.
There are hints of Grouper particularly on closer 'Here, an End' with some Fripp-esque guitar tones leading the album to a satisfying conclusion. It’s one of those records that impresses with it’s versatility and even if it’d not to your exact taste then you can be sure that what they are doing is so specific that someone, somewhere will find it and think that it has been made just for them.
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