Tyler's haunting new album ‘Winter King’ is getting it's official release today, which, in any normal city, might have meant that the albums chilly title might have felt outdated by mid April. Luckily, winter never ends up here in Edmonton (for all you Edmontonian readers, the release is happening at The Wunderbar tonight).
The songs on this album need to be digested properly. They are the kind of songs that induce introspection, so if you can't find a good place to lie down and stare at the ceiling, try getting on the bus and riding to the other end of the city. Or just do the full loop. It doesn't really matter where you go, the songs we'll take you somewhere else anyways.
Some of the songs, 'Barghest' in particular, really cast a strong spell. If you're curious like I was, a 'barghest' is the name given to a legendary monstrous black dog with huge teeth and claws, most commonly spoke about in the dark corners of some Yorkshire pub. I'm not sure why, but finding that out made me like the song even more. It added an extra layer to it, which might be an apt way to describe Winter King. The songs sometimes feels sparse and empty, but that is just because the layers are hidden. They are hidden in the words and in the stories. And once you realize that, there is a lot to wrap yourself up in.