Bijou Winters | She Fell From the Sky.

June 10, 2012 at 12:21 am 5 comments

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.

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  • 1. DanP  |  August 12, 2012 at 12:34 am

    What’s going on, do you suppose, David? Winters’ Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Tumblr pages all appear to be gone!

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    • 2. daviddrobbins  |  August 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Hey Dan. Her official name has changed to “Bijou”. So, I assume she’s probably gone back and deleted some old accounts. Also, I think she’s taking her portrait/face off of things. Lately, some artists like having a sort of anonymity. For some, it’s added “mystery” and buzz, and for others it’s truly a way to set the attention solely on the music. I can’t speak for why she doing it — but she’s definitely fine-tuning how she wants her imagine and music represented.

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      • 3. DanP  |  August 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        Thanks for the informed reply!

      • 4. DanP  |  August 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        Hey, I guess driven by a scarcity mentality, I’ve just gone and downloaded every image of her I could find off the net (which wasn’t many). What a lovely face! Too bad it seems we won’t be seeing it anymore…

        I really like her work. Since I’m not one for listening to lots of single-track releases & collaborations from around the web (with exceptions), I’m really hoping for a full length effort from Bijou eventually, preferably on vinyl!!!

  • 5. DanP  |  August 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Hi David, just wanted to point out that the Fluorescent Records piece you mentioned is now available. It’s actually offered by the label as a free dl @320kbps. Cool! Here: http://flurex.org/album/dreams-everlasting

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