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One Track Mind is proud to present the MP3 premiere of “In Your Head” from Berkeley, California quintet Winter’s Fall. The song is the penultimate track from At All Angles, the band’s new third album which was released on February 15th by Velvet Blue Music. A thoughtful three years in the works, At All Angles showcases the group’s deft hand with mood, tempo, and range, but on this cut they let loose with a rollicking sound that hearkens back to the heyday of new breed alt-country.
With “In Your Head,” Winter’s Fall have concocted an unexpected tune for a Bay Area band–a song vibrant with a sense of traditional American identity. Its backbone is all rock ‘n’ roll swagger and its fringes are dusted with a wonderfully unforced twang. One can easily imagine drummer Keith Gidlund banging away on his kit as his brother Pete leads the band through those plump chorus chords (whose hooks scream Dinosaur, Jr. as much as they do Uncle Tupelo).
Peter Winter Stanley’s distinctive vocal style is another obvious linchpin of Winter’s Fall’s sound. His slightly nasal timbre has an aching quality to it that nicely balances the intensity of this particular track and lends earnestness to lines like “If I could see myself, I know I would cry.”
At two minutes at thirty seconds on the nose, “In Your Head” is high on economy. Yet despite its punchiness, it still manufactures a strong build-up and a great pay-off. When the final chorus cruises by, it does so with the top down and the wind whipping through the listener’s hair.