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.