By Mathew Robson
Welsh Alternative Acoustic trio Winter & Williams Band are releasing their third EP in spring 2014. Comprising of singer/songwriter Peter Winter, bassist Deej Williams and drummer Tom Rabaiotti, the bands third EP (EP 3) is a collection of four tracks, each invariably different to the last. The songs strike an excellent balance between rhythmic
melancholy and powerful catchy beats.
The opening track, Time To Take 5/4, is an upbeat, hard hitting song. It’s guitar and drums work intrinsically with each other while the bass drives it to being a very strut worthy number. Winter’s vocals are at times both delicate and powerful, an almost implausible balancing act that he pulls of with tremendous ease and verbal dexterity. On this track, he sings with tremendous, yet understated power, which compliments the entire style of the piece. It is an excellently crafted and expertly performed song that reverberates in your mind long after it strikes its final, pulsating chord.
Things To Come, musically, is an almost direct contrast of the EPs opener. Opting for a slower and introspectively melodic approach; the track is at times both meditative yet instantly accessible. Again Winter’s vocals are top notch, the transition from acoustic rock, as demonstrated fantastically in the first number, have adapted to the more delicate audio landscape of Things To Come with a natural transcendence that’s powerful to hear. The band, as a whole, work intrinsically well together; the guitar and bass dance lightly above a slow thumping drumbeat and the vocals, like an apparition, sways in between.
The third track is, again, completely different from the previous two. Hypokalaemia Indigo is funky and groovy so that, as a writer, it’s hard to think of an adjective that doesn’t make me appear woefully inept to describe it in modern terms . . . man. But it’s a testament to the bands sheer range as musicians. They can go from soulful ballads to swift rocky numbers and it seems a completely natural transition.
The final track, and its lamentable that there were only four to listen to, is the main single to the album: Blueberry Song. Audibly it sits somewhere comfortable between the two previous tracks, without directly imitating them. Once again, the vocals are a great standout; Winter sings with soulful conviction while his strengths as a songwriter are clearly evidenced through each track on the EP.
As one of the uninitiated to the band, I approached the EP with no pre determined ideal for their sound. Suffice to say I was pleasantly surprised. Their music is defined by powerful vocals, strong rhythms, fantastic compositions, memorable lyrics and their instantly accessible and likeable songs. Winters and Williams Band are a band to look out for and with the release of their new EP schedules for a spring 2014 release date, keep your eyes peeled for an ensuing tour. If they’re half as good live as they are in the studio, it’s surely something to look out for.
Check out the bands Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/winterandwilliamsband