The Long Winters: Putting the Days to Bed
If last year's release of the Ultimatum EP was John Roderick's idea of a light tickle in the ribs, then Putting the Days to Bed is a well-rounded album of bliss. Putting the Days to Bed opens with the melodic and crisp guitar driven track "Pushover." This song features the elements that make a track by the Long Winters stand out: witty, intimate lyrics, layered harmonies, and a smart pop hooks. Three songs in, the album hits a high moment for me on "Teaspoon." Rollicking horns push this song forward and although I'm not quite sure what the song is about, I find myself singing along. "The Sky Is Open" is a little rockier while "Honest" has the sprinkling of a country tune over jangling bells.
Yes: in a little under 40 minutes, this album put a smile on my face. Although each song doesn't break new ground, the album does neatly deliver everything that I like about The Long Winters. The harmonies, the sometimes overly shiny-happy perspective on life, and the lyrics that seem so simple but sometimes lose me in the twisted metaphors.
The Long Winters: Pushover
Putting the Days to Bed will be released on July 25, but you can pre-order it from Barsuk Records.