Welcome to Winterland, in the rainy wilds of Washington, where we believe in making meaningful music with lyrics carved from the driftwood of life. We have three albums available today, and one on the way. In January, we released our new album, You Are Acres, with a sold-out show at Seattle's Fremont Abbey Arts Center. The album has garnered great reviews from PASTE, No Depression & The Seattle Times.

Poems That Live As People

by The Winterlings

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Recipe for The Winterlings’ New Album, Poems That Live As People

1 suicide of a teenage son
1 bacon-loving housefly 2 new lungs for a dying fan
1 harmonium, 1 banjo & a handful of synth bombs
1 Oliver typewriter, Circa 1912
3 shows playing Nirvana songs at Seattle‘s EMP Museum
Octopus population explosion
The hubris and cruelty of the human species

Place 2 Winterlings (Wolff Bowden & Amanda Birdsall) in a rain-battered house just north of Seattle. Mix in electric guitar, violin, harmonium, banjitar, piano, drums, tambourine and a dash of typewriter. When Winterlings learn of a friend’s son’s suicide, add a housefly to distract from despair, followed by a fan with Cystic Fibrosis receiving new lungs. Sift in the demoralizing spice of music streaming until batter tastes of poverty. Add 2 weeks of studying Nirvana songs to play 3 shows at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum, mashing Winterlings’ creative sensibilities with Kurt Cobain’s. Sprinkle in 40 inches of rain and the death of Winterlings’ Seattle bass player’s wife. Refrigerate for 3 months until Philadelphia’s Michele Lynn steps in to play bass on 9 songs, including one about her son’s suicide. Separate dough into 10 islands of magic and melancholy. Bake for 10 days while Winterlings tour Oregon and California during the forecasted “Storm of the Century.” Cool until November 12, 2016 and enjoy with album release show at Seattle’s Ballard Homestead. These are not your ordinary cookies. These are “Poems That Live As People.”

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  1. 1 Crawlspace 04:16 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Be Kind To The Housefly 03:47 Lyrics
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  3. 3 March of The Octopus 03:10 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Paper Boats 03:35 Lyrics
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  5. 5 Run Run 04:18 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Your Son Is With The Wilderness 03:37 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Icarus 03:01 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Science 03:57 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Answering 03:41 Lyrics
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  10. 10 The Wind Is With Us Now 05:35 Lyrics
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You Are Acres

by The Winterlings

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From the duel between death and laughter in “Opening Line” to a child lashed to her family tree in “Easter Dress,” the songs go deep and stay there. And yet, the music is often celebratory, even jubilant. Throughout the album, Wolff and Amanda take turns singing lead, with words so vibrant the songs unfurl like tiny films.

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  1. 1 Opening Line 04:19 Lyrics
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  2. 2 Happy With Hunger 04:44 Lyrics
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  3. 3 When We Were Young 02:13 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Acres 03:25 Lyrics
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  5. 5 While We Were Sleeping 03:33 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Easter Dress 04:21 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Secondhand Man 06:03 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Darkness Stars 00:29 Lyrics
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  9. 9 If I Was Away 06:02 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Honeymoon in Baghdad 04:30 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Father I 04:11 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Echo 06:52 Lyrics
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The Animal Groom

by The Winterlings

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The Animal Groom is an album which opens a tiny, blue door in a forgotten wall of the listener’s mind. A wall battered by storms of asphalt, cell-phones, alarm-clocks and the plastic procession of stuff that swarms our lives. With a bold exhale into a harmonica, the wall is swept clear. Then, the door opens a crack and a gentle tide of sound spreads out along the floor. In the tide you hear the sudden shimmer of a guitar and realize an entire ocean is coming through. Choruses swim like penguins through miles of liquid salt. Violins soar above the water like flying fish. The haunting roll of a bowed bass sings like a great blue whale. Soon, a painted ship appears with a postman on its prow. He drops a bamboo ladder and your journey as a Winterling begins. You set sail with the bravest female soldier of The Civil War, who fought and lived as a man. You help a Belizean immigrant pin an orchid corsage on a girl he lost to the hurricane of time. You watch bats whirling above a newborn child. And inside the ship you’ll find eleven secret rooms with the titles of the songs from The Animal Groom carved in their doors. One by one, you will open them, and the worlds within will grow inside of you. Forests of story will lift their evergreen branches in your blood. Accordions will roar. Harmony will dance with melody like newlyweds on a glacier’s chest. And The Animal Groom will sing to you as rain sings to thirsty roots, as poets sing to paper in the deep winter of night, as muscle sings to bone, as children sing in their carnival dreams, as fire sings to snow.

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  1. 1 Take Give 03:29 Lyrics
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  2. 2 All of the Good Things 04:47 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Long May You Live 04:14 Lyrics
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  4. 4 Bird In The Corn 04:10 Lyrics
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  5. 5 The Postman 06:01 Lyrics
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  6. 6 Jennie Hodgers 05:10 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Lauren's Forest 05:40 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Flying Kites By Moonlight 04:49 Lyrics
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  9. 9 Brave Then 06:46 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Wildflowers 04:37 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Belize 07:20 Lyrics
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Previous events

Nov7

The Winterlings at Private Party

Vancouver, BC, CAN

Yes, we play private events! Use our contact form to inquire about hiring us for your special event!

Nov5

The Winterlings at Private Party

Bellingham, WA

Yes, we play private parties! Use our contact form to ask about hiring us for your special event!

Oct22

The Winterlings House Concert

Cotati, CA

Suggested donation $10. Contact us for address, via our contact form or Facebook.

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