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Formed in March 2013, Wind Burial is the psych-goth reincarnation of the Seattle slowcore band Snowdrift (Paradigm Records). Longtime friends, Wind Burial holds a shared vision of pulling dynamic, tailored songs out of the mist of our practice improvisations, and delivering them with our passion for live music experiences. Creating and performing songs together is a peak experience in our lives.
The slower, ethereal sound of Snowdrift started to transform towards the end of 2012. Our aesthetic shifted toward a dynamic approach reminiscent of 1970s rock, with dark avant garde aplomb. We renamed ourselves Wind Burial to mark this metamorphosis. We have been circulating our new sound and dynamic live set through local Seattle clubs (Sunset, High Dive, Highline, Crocodile, Barboza, Josephine, Conor Byrne, the Comet RIP, Chop Suey RIP) and short tours, and recorded a live set for KEXP’s Sonarchy. We released our debut EP in December, 2014.
With our new full length, “We Used To Be Hunters,” we have departed from the transitional sound of our EP, allowing our longstanding penchant for dreaminess to subtly inform a more dynamic, visceral approach reflective of our live performance. Having spent months in Justin’s Lake City basement, improvising, listening back, grafting, and pruning, we were ready for the methodical alchemy involved in making a record.
We recorded the album in an old wooden church north of Seattle in the historic seaport of Anacortes over the course of a handful of weekends. Nich Wilbur (Mount Eerie, Lake, Anacortes Unknown Festival) took the helm of a 24-track tape machine, capturing the open acoustics of the building as we performed together in the space. Once the overdubs and most of the vocals were done, we took the tracks to Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Marissa Nadler, Rose Windows), finishing the vocals and mixing at Avast! in Seattle. Randall has an uncanny ability to hear into the music, working like a sonic painter, the tracks forming his palette. He brought three-dimensionality to our recording, illuminating the fiery urgency and magical realism of this latest crop of songs.
This is serious. The music on Seattle quartet Wind Burial’s self-titled debut EP, that is, for which this show is the official release party. The five tracks here recall a more goth-leaning Walkabouts, who are an overlooked component of Seattle music history. Vocalist/guitarist/synthesist Kat Terran sings in a rich, melancholy tone over tempered tempests of night-desert rock. Subtle elements of psychedelia and folk seep into the songwriting, which aims for and mostly attains profundity. Wind Burial are working on their first album, and if this initial batch of tunes is any indication, we have much to look forward to. DAVE SEGAL (The Stranger)
Recorded at the Church of the Unknown in Anacortes by Nicholas Wilbur (Mt Erie, Lake, Gossamer), the record delivers on the members' promise of a shift toward a heavier, less ethereal sound. Don't worry, everything you want is still here: Kat's voice, the bittersweet guitar work, the weathered bass and heavy drums; even the sense of intimacy that made Snowdrift so lovable all find their way into the EP. The most obvious differences are in the band's use of more traditional 70's rock progressions, and in Kat's occasional Grace Slick-esque howl. While the whole EP benefits from a general broadening of the dynamic range, these changes are most obvious on the first and fourth tracks, titled "Seven Stars" and "Height of the Hills", which utilize somewhat austere, blues-based riffs as a springboard for heavy psychedelic and acid rock builds. This is in contrast to "Downstream", and "Caribou" which employ much more of the jangly, dreamy sound that Snowdrift were known for. "Rainforest" is the first official single to be released from the record and it manages to fall right in the middle of the two extremes (listen and download below). Melding the intensity of Jefferson Airplane with the molten haze of Galaxie 500, the dreamy, ambling melody swells for most of the track before culminating in a shimmering, breathtaking mess. On top of being amazing, it's also a great introduction to the EP. While some bands might have difficulty maintaining continuity with a sonic palate like this, Wind Burial's personality is so strong that each transition seems almost seamless. The result is that 'Wind Burial' is not just a great bunch of tracks, it's a great album, and it probably goes without saying that I think you should get a copy. Oh yeah, and 'Wind Burial' is officially on our short list of 2013 favorites. NO GODDAMN DANCING