Winter Family is Ruth Rosenthal and Xavier Klaine’s dark pop project. South From Here, which was written in Brooklyn and recorded in Tel Aviv, engages in a critique of Israeli society through thickly textured walls of synth-throb and submerged vocals. Rich and dramatic and cool. Released by alt.vinyl.
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7/10 Jamie Staff review, 14 February 2017
The duo of Winter Family -- Ruth Rosenthal and Xavier Klaine -- seemingly have one foot in Brooklyn and the other in Tel Aviv. Their dark and richly textured brand of synth-pop is augmented by their half-spoken, slightly gothic vocals. They deal with themes which are rooted in realism, but they alternate between doom-laden pessimism and cloud-scraping optimism, even jollity. This record isn’t going to be as pretty as the insect design on the sleeve.
‘Spring Roll’, as an example of their bright and bouncy side, is truly bonkers: it’s like being force-fed the Postal Service channeling a hyperactive child. At other times, they mostly channel Nick Cave and the Velvet Undergound, making a Sunday trip to a trendy ‘European’ furniture store sound like a spaced-out perfect day; that’s ‘Ikea’ for you. ‘Yallah’ makes it obvious someone’s gorged themselves on Suicide lately.
A head spinning, schizophrenic, candied roller-coaster ride.
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