Starpainter wear their influences on their sleeves, showcasing songwriting craftsmanship and an affinity for classic folk rock and alt-country tones. “Blood in the Snow” further develops a signature sound established on their debut record last year – roomy drums, melodic bass lines, tightly woven guitars and organs – but subtly incorporates new sonic elements too: nylon-string guitar, upright piano, mellotron flutes. This new EP tells three versions of the same story, existing in a semi-fictional small-town universe where it’s usually winter, people are usually drinking, and things are usually not going very well – sort of Robert Kroetsch, sort of a Fargo, sort of real-world small-town Alberta. These songs are steeped in the tradition of prairie-born artistry with a pop sensibility that defies their youth.
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