Wintersleep's amusingly named Hello Hum, the Canadian band's fifth album, finds the quintet at its most expansive, incisive and brooding.
The Juno-winning group chose to work with co-producers Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT) and Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai) on the new album, the followup to 2010's New Inheritors. It's a decision they discussed with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali when the members of Wintersleep — singer/guitarist Paul Murphy, guitarist Tim D'eon, drummer Loel Campbell, keyboardist Jon Samuel and bassist Mike Bigelow — visited The Alternate Side studios for a four-song session.
The band launched its North American tour last week, and has a Brooklyn date, October 30, set for the Knitting Factory. In addition, Wintersleep is giving away a free song that's not on Hello Hum, called "Martyr," on their website. Hello Hum is available now via Lab Work/EMI Canada.