Last year we published the review of the previous work of Three Winters; “Atrocities” and I gladly received this electro-atmospheric sound of theirs, because it is very interesting and entrancing. Back then I described their sound as: Retro-futuristic, Cinematic Synth-Wave. I have to say that “retro” is because this music made me think about the 80’s, “futuristic” and “cinematic” is because their music could be the perfect score for sci-fi flicks and some Italian horror movies of that era.
Three Winters are: Kim Sølve, Anders B., and Lars Fredrik Frøislie; and they are from Oslo, Norway; they have the skills to hook you with these instrumental and well-crafted tunes, and not everybody can do this because a special talent is needed in order to produce melodies outside of the traditional song structures. Their music has atmosphere, and and it can create images in your mind, and at the same time it’s very catchy and dynamic.
The first two tracks were featured in the “Atrocities“ EP; they are “Atrocities” and “At The Center Of Dystopia” and I’m glad that they have featured here these tracks because not everybody could own the atrocities EP on tape (at least you still can find it on digital format, and it’s really worth because it features some really interesting and exclusive mixes) “Atrocities” is the perfect music score to hit the highway at night, it could be like the dark side of Kraftwerk’s autobahn or something.
“At The Center of Dystopia” has a very detailed musical arrangement, and it was constructed around some industrialized basis created by those non-stop synth chords in the background. “Daybreak Monuments” is eerie and solemn; and “Animism” is so 80’s and cinematic. “A Thousand Piercing Lights” could be a really perfect addition for the soundtrack of some upcoming Silent Hill game, this song is very in the vibe of the work made by Akira Yamaoka; it’s really tasty and dark stuff.
“Aeon Surveillance” is very catchy Synth Wave sound. “Harzard” comes with those ominous synth chords over the non-stop (but subtle) machine drum beat; this song has very interesting musical progressions. “Rapture” could be the first single of the album, and they have created a videoclip for it. The ominous synth cords are here again, but this time they are accompanied with robotic voices, and great rhythm, this track is very energetic and powerful; synth Wave sound at its best! “Amnesia” serves the good old sound of those late 70’s-early 80’s Italian horror movies. “Lieke” is majestic keyboards sound at the beginning, the tension is constructed by heavy synth chords, and progressively they lead us to this very fluent and solid Synth Wave sound. “Channel 0” begins with some interference sound, and maybe it could be inspired in the mysterious UV-76 radio signal; and it turns into some meditative and trance inducing tune. It’s the perfect outro for this record.
With influences of the progressive-electronic music created by visionaries such as Klaus Shulze, Tangerine Dream or Goblin, and the early 80’s sounds from Kraftwerk (of course) and Gary Numan; Three Winters have created a stunning debut album with impeccable production. This will expand your musical horizon, leading you to new sounds and new (and very pleasant) musical experiences. This record is highly recommended for those who are interested in the new outbreak of Minimal Wave, and Minimal Synth music. ► by Daniel Olvera