A masterwork of minimalism, WINTER LADY - Alicia Merz's sophomore solo effort as BIRDS OF PASSAGE sees a return to the desolate and melancholic soundcscapes of her highly acclaimed debut, WITHOUT THE WORLD. With WINTER LADY, Alicia presents us with an endearing invitation into her fragile world, a captivating journey through the landscapes of her emotional euphoria and agony, a further commitment to musical experimentation, a worthy addition to the oeuvre of BIRDS OF PASSAGE.
The cold minimalist-drones, distorted field recordings, and sparse instrumentation, illustrate an icy, desolate and dark world. It's as if we are listening to the sound of winter itself; an audio exposure to the unforgiving elements of winter.
With allusions to dark-pop and classic broken-folk, the reverb drenched instrumentation, metaphorical fairytale lyrics, and anti-climactic compositions remind us that Alicia Merz is a singer songwriter for people who don't like singer songwriters.
With WINTER LADY, Alicia re-establishes herself as a true musical maverick - who is able to capture the imaginations of audiences as diverse as those of SIGUR ROS, GROUPER and ZOLA JESUS. In short, BIRDS OF PASSAGE's WINTER LADY is an album of authentic experimentation, masterful minimalism, immense tragedy, and glacial beauty. It is not surprising that already after the first album artists including AIDAN BAKER and NILS FRAHM belonged to the fanbase of BIRDS OF PASSAGE.
Mastered by NILS FRAHM.
released December 17, 2011
Released by Denovali Records and Bathetic
All music written and produced by Alicia Merz, except 'Away With The Night' produced in collaboration with Monolyth & Cobalt.
Artwork by Bruno Merz
Mastered by Nils Frahm at Durton Studio (Berlin)