Introducing the solid and mesmerizing indie/alternative rock fuzz of a bygone age, instantly immersive and friendly – With their latest song, “Make the Stars Align,” WINTERSTATE ignites the anthemic sound of yesteryear alongside a decidedly contemporary, poetic, and melodic edge.
WINTERSTATE brings a vibrant, authentic pop-rock sound to their sophomore album TECHNICOLOR – released on January 14th, 2022. For the album’s lead single – “On Top of the World” – WINTERSTATE enlisted the help of legendary Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge (responsible for classics including American Idiot – Green Day, The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance), and mastering engineer Ted Jensen (Come Away with Me – Norah Jones)
WINTERSTATE is led by singer-songwriter Kelvin Killmon (Seattle, WA) and multi-instrumentalist Alex Ortberg (Rochester, MN). They met as students at Berklee College of Music’s Valencia campus. They continued developing and recording new songs together, influenced by feel-good bands like The Killers, Mae, Anberlin, Incubus, and Foo Fighters.
Alex’s tight, driving rhythms and clean, multi-layered approach to composition provide the band’s musical bedrock. Kelvin brings anthemic melodies and rich vocal harmonies to the mix. His insightful lyrics tackle an impressive array of topics – from small-town love affairs to celebrating life in the face of chronic illness.
Seattle’s WINTERSTATE lays down its identity lyrically and passionately throughout its brand new composition, “Make the Stars Align,” thanks to softly raspy, expressive, and emotive vocals, as well as a fast-paced organic Alternative rock sound with dashes of distortion.
“Make the Stars Align” feels like a forgotten indie anthem from a simpler era — rock giants who crafted the songs that made our days.
WINTERSTATE employs beautiful lyrics that are both approachable and intensely intimate and underlying this, and we get the natural embrace of organic rock composition.
WINTERSTATE has fashioned a timeless classic with this album, which is gritty by design yet melodically infectious and suitably accessible because of its uniquely recognizable, real vocal lead. The song’s hook is both familiar and intriguing.
This is excellent musicianship, slightly humble and pure – vital elements in an otherwise catchy and frequently gimmicky contemporary environment.
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