Nashville-based South For Winter released their newest song “Twine” and their varying sound is united by delicate harmonies, intricate guitar work, and earthy vocals. Fused together, elements of folk, gypsy, and jazz all come together to manufacture this satisfying sound. “Twine” is addicting and memorable enough for repetitive listening. Song writing and vocals with the uppermost passion and emotion, South For Winter vocals is comforting and soft with strident bursts of the acoustic guitar. It’s a song you can relax to, let your hair down, kick off your shoes and just become mesmerized by the sounds of the trio’s harmonic resonance. “Twine” is a perfect hidden treasure of mellifluous melodies and a projection of serene delivery. They give you the freedom to paint an image and story line best fitting and for you. The jubilant and euphoric vibe “Twine” gives off is a vibe you won’t forget. We can’t help but feel gratitude from the riveting record that glows with peaceful qualities and vibrant colors.
South For Winter isn’t unfamiliar with impressing their audience. Within its first year, the trio quickly developed an impressive resume - releasing two EP’s, completing both a 15-state national tour and an international tour to Canada, and receiving recognition from Lightning 100 Radio in its 2018 Music City Mayhem as a top rising artist in the city. If you’re anticipating their next release as much as we are, the trio is now recording its debut full-length album with Grammy-nominated producer Matt Leigh in Nashville, with the first single to be released in April 2019. In the meantime, check out this entrancing debut!
Listen to "Twine" by South For Winter here. See our interview with South For Winter below!
How do you three manage to balance out each others' individual styles into one unit?
Over time, we've learned how to write and arrange together in ways that cater to our individual strengths and different musical. Dani usually takes on much of the lyrical and melodic side of the song, Nick drives the production side, crafts the guitar parts, and introduces rhythmic changes to make the song more interesting, and Alex's strong classical background in cello and music theory adds a lot to the arrangement side of things. Each song becomes a collaboration of each of our ideas and what we each listen to, and the more we create music together, the more we understand each other and can work together even better on melding all these ideas into one sound.
Tell us about your single Twine and what inspired you to write it?
This is Dani answering this one - I've been listening a lot to an incredible folk band called The Paper Kites, and a guitar part in one of their songs inspired me to start playing a similar lick in an open D tuning. As I played it, I was suddenly struck with an image/metaphor of a love story between a beaver and a sparrow. I started recording it on my phone and singing over top of it, and the entire song fell into place in one take - it was one of those amazing songwriting moments where the song wrote itself. I showed the song to Nick, he created the guitar part, and the song was immediately complete.
What was the emotion you channeled while writing Twine?
The beginning of the song is a bit of a longing / wishful feeling, and the end is more of a release / freeing vibe. None of it feels truly sad though, since there's kind of a resignation in the tone of the main storyteller (the beaver) that the love story will end with the sparrow flying free and leaving the beaver behind. All along, the beaver is just holding onto the moments she has with the sparrow and preparing for that day to come, knowing the sparrow will never be happy tied down.
Were there any moments in Twine you felt really emphasized the message of the song the most? If so which and why?
Following along with the previous answer, the story progresses from lower energy to higher energy as the story continues. In the beginning the beaver is creating a beautiful home for the sparrow while knowing that the sparrow wants freedom more than a place to call home. In the end, there is a change in energy as the beaver finally cuts the twine that keeps the sparrow close and releases her. The sudden increase of energy at the end of the song (3:11) matches with this sudden decision by the beaver to let go of the sparrow, and the vibe at this point matches the confidence and almost sense of deliverance that comes with the decision to set the sparrow free.
What could our readers anticipate from your upcoming album?
As a newer band (less than two years old), we feel like our two EPs leading up to this were partly us trying to determine what our true recorded sound was as a band. Twine is the first song released from our debut album, and we feel this song showcases what we have now officially defined as our sound from here on out. Much of this has to do with our incredible producer, Matt Leigh - he's really helped us achieve a more professional, cohesive sound, and we're stoked to be working with him on our entire debut album. Readers can expect this full sound and production style from now on, and those who have heard our previous music also can expect more of our bluesy songs to come (like Ten Black Crows, our next single!).
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