Philip Price and Flora Reed of Winterpills talk about songwriting and their new album, ALL MY LOVELY GONERS. Also Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies talks about the bandâ€™s new album, THE WILDERNESS. And Writers Voice Associate Producer Drew Adamek reviews J.G. Ballardâ€™s KINGDOM COME and THE CYCLIST CONSPIRACY by Svestlav Basara.
The indie-pop band Winterpills is known for its haunting melodies and emotionally resonant lyrics, which the Washington Post called, â€œdensely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning.â€ Their fans reach far beyond their native Northampton, MA.
The band has just released its fifth album, ALL MY LOVELY GONERS; previous releases include Tuxedo of Ashes, Central Chambers and The Light Divides.
WV host Francesca Rheannon sat down with band members Philip Price and Flora Reed in the studios of WMUA-91.1 FM in Amherst, MA to explore the creative process of putting meaning and feeling into songs.
Flora Reed is Winterpillsâ€™ female vocalist. Price writes the bandâ€™s lyrics; of the songs on the latest album he wrote, â€œThe songs were written slowly, arranged slowly, braised slowly in their own intentions, as mysterious as those were.â€
We hear two songs from All My Lovely Goners: Amazing Sky and Pretty Girls.
Winterpills will be playing Friday, March 30 at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA in a benefit concert for Planned Parenthood. For more information call 413-320-9132.
Drew Adamek reviews two novels of speculative fiction: J.G. Ballardâ€™s Kingdom Come and Svetislav Basaraâ€™s The Cyclist Conspiracy. Â READ DREW ADAMEKâ€™S BOOK REVIEW
The Cowboy Junkies new album, THE WILDERNESS, being released this week, is the fourth volume in the Nomad series, preceded by Renmin Park, Demons, and Sing In My Meadow. Renmin Park was a song cycle inspired by a three month stay that Michael Timmins did with his family in China. Demons recorded the songs of the bandâ€™s late friend Vic Chesnutt; Sing In My Meadow is an album of Acid Blues about with songs of sex and violence.
Of The Wilderness, reviewer Tom Speed of Paste Magazine wrote:
Whether itâ€™s skewering religious doctrine (â€œIdle Talesâ€), delving into a doomed relationship (â€œDamaged From The Startâ€) or pondering a suicide (â€œUnanswered Letterâ€) Timminsâ€™ songs onÂ The WildernessÂ are biting. Thatâ€™s not to say itâ€™s all doom and gloom. There is beauty in the grace of stillness in â€œAngels In The Wilderness.â€ There is a swooping mischief in â€œThe Confession of Georgie E.â€ And thereâ€™s a hell of a groove on the upbeat, sly album-closer, â€œFuck I Hate The Cold.â€
Cowboy Junkies burst onto the Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock scene in 1985. The group was formed in Toronto by three siblings, songwriter and guitarist Michael Timmins, his sister, vocalist Margo and drummer Peter along with Alan Anton.
The Nomad Series is available on the Cowboy Junkies website.