In January of last year a group of friends and siblings from Midlands, Ireland banded together to form the band The Winter Passing. After spending their first year playing live, recording split vinyls with Forrest and Sleeping Weather the band are now set to release their first EP in March: Scrapbook.
The four-song EP is heavy in the guitars and drums department, but its biggest draw can be found in the power of sibling vocalists Robert and Kate Flynn. Working off each other's melodies, the brother and sister duo manage to create a harmony that perfectly blends together with one another, especially in the songs "Crooks" and "Feels Like". (Think something along the lines of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, only more upbeat and harder-sounding.) The rest of the band knows how to find their shining moments throughout the album, with their lead single "Gold Blend" showcasing their strengths as a unit.
It's tough to judge a new band just on four songs alone, as it's usually best to either hear a full-length album or (in the best cases) hear them live. That said if Scrapbook is a sign of what's to come, then The Winter Passing could very well be the next big thing to come out of the green pastures of Ireland.
**** (out of five)
Review copy provided by Neck Deep Media. Scrapbook EP will be available on March 8th on The Winter Passing's official BandCamp page.