Newcastle-based five-piece alternative band, The Winter Hill Transmission, made up of Ben Holland (rhythm guitar and vocals), Pete Moffat (lead guitar/backing vocals), Andy Lofthouse (keyboard/backing vocals), Neil Reynolds (bass), and Tom Bacon (drums) have been hard at work to release their new self-titled album.
The Winter Hill Transmission began as Ben Holland’s solo project in 2010. And they say good things come to those who wait as, eight years later, the band has released their first album with all lyrics written by Ben.
The album tells the tale of break-ups and the longing felt from lost love with a haunting and atmospheric sound.
Opening with their single ‘Jupiter’, the song is eerie and has a Bowie-esque vibe to it with a space-age theme. Soft vocals swirl around the chords before exploding into a mystical crescendo, leaving a dramatic pause in between before continuing.
Although their singles ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Satellites’ suggest Bowie influences, throughout the album, there are hints of earlier work such as Death Cab for a Cutie with softer basslines and twinkling keys.
There are also folky, chanty sounds with lyrics about dandelions, bumblebees and solitaire; however, their closing track ‘Matador’ has a soothing, relaxing sound to it whilst accompanied by heart-breaking lyrics.
For fans of funny, sad and beautifully-written music, their album is definitely one you’ll want to hear.
The Winter Hill Transmission’s official video for Jupiter can be found on YouTube now. Their debut album is also available on Spotify, Amazon or on their webpage at thewinterhilltransmission.com.