Boomkat Product Review:
*Amazing album of distorted shoegaze treatments and darkside drones from a member of Hush Arbors. Massive recommendation for fans of Altar Eagle and My Bloody Valentine* As the snow creeps over our green and pleasant land there could be little better than some seasonal drone music to ring around us as we settle in and batten down the hatches. From their name, you would expect Winter Drones to be able to deliver this kind of material in spades, but this London-based band has more under the hood than just a few sustained tones here and there. In fact one of the first comparisons that springs to mind is My Bloody Valentine or early Jesus & Mary Chain; ‘Blood In The Coffin’ is jam packed with the kind of hazy bliss we last witnessed on ‘Loveless’ or ‘Psychocandy’. That’s not to say the band are some kind of nu-gaze pretenders, this music doesn’t feel forced or trite any more than it feels part of some kind of hip scene or another – rather you have the sense that the echoes of MBV come as a natural progression of their own base elements. Sure there are drones in the mix somewhere, but they come wrapped in heady white noise and surprisingly urgent percussion. When the band takes a turn for the ambient, it feels almost like a pit-stop before they embark on another urgent trip into heady post-shoegaze noise and the fact that the record comes with the coveted Weird Forest seal of approval makes you aware that you’re listening to something just that little bit more special than usual. A huge, snowy recommendation.