Performing October 5th
Check out Wintersleep in St Catharines at Cicada Music Festival along with other amazing artists, food and drink.
"Wintersleep's career didn't start when their album 'The Great Detachment' was released in 2016, but it may have been many people's introduction to one of Canada's previously best kept secrets. The depth of their catalog is best seen in their live show, where the band performs songs that span nearly two full decades. If Wintersleep isn't one of your favourite bands now, they likely will be on October 6th."
The average Canadian carries around with them in their head a vision of spaciousness." So theorized Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, describing a so-called ‘Canadian sound.' For Schafer and many others, it was a sound defined by space, by the land and our distance from and proximity to it. For Harry Freedman, it was "gaunt" and "lonely." Elaine Keillor called it "immense, empty, mysterious, harsh, indifferent, producing a response of awe mingled with terror and an intense sense of spiritual loneliness."
On Wintersleep's seventh full-length record, In the Land Of, this geography is both real and imagined. It is understood that our surroundings are not, in fact, essential or concrete elements they're constructed in relation to us, the inhabitants. Our identities, too, are constructed in relation to the land. The land, both physical and figurative, changes, and so do we. Familiar land. Foreign land. Inhospitable land. Unceded land. Stolen land. Dead land.
This might be why In the Land Of doesn't inhabit one terrain, but many. It might also be why none of these terrains feel comfortable. "I don't really feel 100% at home anywhere," says vocalist and guitarist Paul Murphy. "Over time, that's something that weighs a lot on me, not feeling really connected to my environment."
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