When you’re a creative force of nature, nothing gets the wind blowing like momentum. And in the case of Paysage d’Hiver‘s mastermind, Wintherr, the cold winds rage eternal.
Paysage d’Hiver created the storm of the century with last year’s brilliant Im Wald, the project’s first formal full-length album, and a culmination of years of stylistic development. Wintherr is determined to press onward with Geister, slated for release on April 23. According to the act’s Bandcamp page:
In “Geister”, the Wanderer has a lucid dream in which he meets beings from another dimension, which is in fact our world. To him, we terrestrials appear as the ghosts. Our only means of contacting the Wanderer in the world of PAYSAGE D’HIVER is through the rites of winter, such as the Tschäggättä, which is a traditional mask cult from the Lötschental, a valley in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Such a hereditary mask is depicted on the album cover and the lyrics are set in the local dialect.
If that sounds enticing, then check out “Bluet,” the debut track off of the album. By Paysage standards, the song is a brief six minutes and 34 seconds, and much more direct and in-your-face stylistically than the atmospheric output of days past. The song is immediate, effective, and catchy in all the right ways. In other words, Wintherr is about to gift the world another masterpiece this Spring. The days will grow longer and warming, but the music will stay as frozen as ever.