‘Unbearable Thinking’ by Wintercoats

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Here’s a talent to get excited about! James Wallace is a Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist who records under the name Wintercoats. Last year he released a beautiful little EP entitled Cathedral and it is full of hazy songs that feature rich compositions and lush sting arrangements. Wallace’s main instrument is the violin and his strings guide his sound into lush territories that he then populates with a number of instruments and simple loops. Here you’ll find pianos, guitars, glockenspiels and ukuleles, yet Wallace handles these with a restrained confidence. It makes for an EP that’s built around hushed intricacy and Wallace’s ability to stir these quiet moments into striking compositions.

On stage he samples most of his instruments live, drenching them in reverb and fueling his ethereal pop with a lo-fi edge. Comparisons to Owen Pallett, John Cale and Grizzly Bear are understandable and well deserved. You can grab a copy of the EP free on his bandcamp page. Also make sure to check out a rather nice cover of the TV Personalities/Jens Lekman track Someone to Share My Life With that he released last Friday.


March 7, 2011