Review – Winsome Kind

By: Kiah Kaltiainen

EP: Winsome Kind
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Genre: Indie Folk, Folk Pop

Scott Perrie and Leora Joy from Winsome Kind are a husband and wife duo from Vancouver who are getting ready to release their self-titled debut album tomorrow. Aside from the couple’s beautiful harmonies, Scott can be heard playing the guitar and mandolin, while Leora’s on the melodica. Samual Cartwright (drums), Marcus Abramzik (bass), and producer Tom Dobrzanski (piano and keyboard) help to round out the sound of this indie folk band.

The first track off Winsome Kind’s album is titled “Better Days” and upon hearing it for the first time, I couldn’t help but get swept up in every aspect of the song. It has lyrics that everyone can relate to in one way or another, with a melody that is light-hearted and peaceful. No matter what worries or stresses you might have in your life, Leora’s voice seems to take them away and, along with Scott, you’ll find yourself singing along to the line ‘looking out for better days’ which proves as a wonderful reminder that we all should look ahead to the better days to come, even if things don’t seem so great at the moment.

“This Much Is True” is the first single off the album. Starting off slow, you get a wonderful sense of Scott’s voice and just how beautiful Scott and Leora’s vocals complement one another when it comes to harmonies. The song picks up a bit of tempo towards the chorus, adding another dimension to the song that makes it really fun and enjoyable to listen to. There’s no doubt this track will have you singing along in no time and will quickly become a favourite.

Speaking of favourites, “Outside Looking In” quickly became a favourite of mine. We all have those songs that, when we hear them, they bring us back to a specific moment in time, or remind us of something. Listening to this song made me feel as though I was sitting on the beach, overlooking the ocean, surrounded by my East Coast family once more. If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, but still with a peaceful vibe, I would highly recommend you check out this track.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a sucker for a really good acoustic song, so it should be no surprise that the album closer “Sunrise” is also a favourite of mine. Filled with more brilliant harmonies, fantastic lyrics, a peaceful guitar and the faint sound of a shaker in the background, this really is a terrific way to end the album. I can’t find the words to describe how much I absolutely love this track.

Truth be told, I could gladly keep you here all day reviewing all 9 songs off this album, which might be why it’s taken me so long to get this review out in the first place since I’ve just been listening to this album over and over again for days trying to narrow down which songs to tell you about until you can hear them all for yourself. So if that’s any indication as to how wonderful this album is, you should definitely add it to your music collection once October 7th rolls around.

Hoping to catch Winsome Kind live? You’re in luck! They have a few tour dates out West coming up!

Thurs October 23rd, 2014 – The Artful Dodger – Regina, SK
Fri October 24th, 2014 – Unknown Venue – Oxbow, SK
Sun October 26th, 2014 – Unknown Venue – Winnipeg, MB
Mon October 27th, 2014 – Wed October 29th, 2014 – VIA Rail on board entertainment – Winnipeg, MB
Fri November 7th, 2014 – St James Hall presented by Rogue Folk – Vancouver, BC (CD Release)

Rating: 5/5

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