With their sixth album, The Great Detachment, Nova Scotian indie-rockers Wintersleep make no secret of their intention to play the big venues, and to play them hard. Every element of the album’s production – from the song writing through to the record’s mastering – shouts the band’s ambition, with songs featuring call-and-response and sing-along friendly lyrics, and the volume levels and EQs set for maximum punch over the radio waves. The slick and shiny production values present on The Great Detachment, and the band’s evident desire to draw a crowd and move into the big leagues, aren’t sins, but something with the album doesn’t sit right.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 21st March 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.