Wintermitts contacted me two weeks ago, asking if I would give their music a listen. Fortunately, because I really liked the songs on their Myspace, and last album Heirloom that arrived in the mail later. Their lyrics are both in French and English, combined with great vocals, an accordion, trumpet, flute and even a glockenspiel. Resulting in a addicting mix that will get you humming and singing along.
Since forming in 2005, Wintermitts have delighted and accumulated loyal fans across Canada. Their last album, Cascadia Fault, was released independently in Canada in 2007 to massive appeal, and with their whimsical exuberance they have shared the stage with acts such as Julie Doirion, You Say Party!We Say Die! and Laura Barret. In Autumn 2008, they continue their path of merrymaking, as featured artists at the Western Canadian Music Association Showcase and traveling on a cross-country tour promoting their new album, Heirloom. Boasting a bilingual set and a “musical chairs” approach to instrumentation. Live or recorded, Lise Monique intertwines English and French lyrics with the ease of elementary school girls braiding each other’s hair in Canada’s schoolyards, while the accompanying music pulls you to your feet or keeps your eyes on the stage. Listeners beware: some tracks on this latest Wintermitts effort will cause a head-nodding hypnosis while others still will leave you wishing you understood French, or with the desire to plant a tree in your front yard. To ensure that your love for this band will keep growing long after your initial listen, Wintermitts have committed to affecting a crowd on a platform greater than the width of a stage by including a seed packet for Heirloom tomatoes in with the CD – which can grow in most climates of Canada. Lise Monique says. Heirloom’s CD packaging itself is green-friendly and resembles the design of a seed packet.