Bijou Winters | She Fell From the Sky.
Calgary’s Bijou Winters has an apropos last name, her esoteric songs creep forward like deceptive, but mighty glaciers. Her voice is soft and cool as Hope Sandoval’s — echoed, distant, and personal. Winters’ music is one of my favorite listens of the year. Take a track like “She Fell From the Sky”, which plays delicately and expertly with intermittent white noise, scrapes, and what sounds like distorted guitar strumming, and warped atmospherics — setting a lush, sad, and sensual tone. As cliche as the phrase has become, sometimes less is more. Winters’ music proves the aphorism. She whispers her vocals, sliding them across her instrumentation like a lone skater across an ice park at midnight: “I’ve been drowning from the start / Oh, oh …” It’s absolutely sublime. “She Fell From the Sky” is just one of a number of songs available to stream on her soundcloud page, and one of two tracks listed as part of an upcoming album to be released via Fluorescent Records. There’s a little bit of sameness to some of the songs — but there’s just enough subtle distinction to be fascinating in all their slight variations. Be sure to follow Winters at facebook, twitter and tumblr. — David D. Robbins Jr.