The Great Detachment, Wintersleep’s sixth LP and first with Dine Alone Records, is very much an introspective work, both conceptually and thematically. Of course, it delivers a welcome dose of the atmospheric, entrancing alt-rock for which the band has become known – the beautifully orchestrated arrangements anchored by haunting, almost hypnotic vocal melodies; however, the way those arrangements were approached and the poetry they relay are very much the product of some self- (re)discovery.
The energy and urgency inherent in these songs makes them well-suited to the stage, adding more ammo to a captivating live show that’s already earned these JUNO winners tours of several continents; stages shared with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, and The Hold Steady; a performance on Late Night with David Letterman, and even an opening slot for Sir Paul McCartney – hand-picked by the fab one himself. Two years in the making, The Great Detachment marks a return to the organic approach of Wintersleep’s earlier works that simultaneously sees them reaching new pinnacles of songwriting and production. It captures their sonic essence, to be sure, but pushes it to a new plateau – proof that contemplation and introspection can actually lead you somewhere new.