Welcome to Origins, a recurring series from Consequence that gives artists a place to break down everything that went into their latest release. Today, Winter takes listeners through “the lonely girl.”
Dream pop act Winter has debuted a new song titled “the lonely girl.” The track boasts tasteful ’90s nostalgia, nodding toward various styles of music popular from that decade.
The initial idea for the song came in the midst of a songwriting course with Phil Elverum (The Microphones, Mount Eerie), during which he proposed writing a song with two juxtaposed sections. The first half of the song mixes trip-hop and dream pop influences with spoken word-style vocals. Then, just before the two-minute mark, the song explodes into shoegaze fuzz and the vocals take a turn towards the melodic.
The artist born Samira Winter tells Consequence that the song was also inspired by the concept of “verticalization.” “Basically, if you were to conceptualize time in the shape of a spiral, whenever you got a memory or a feeling or even a whiff of an old perfume that took you back to a past moment, it’s as if you were being ‘verticalized’ to another point in the spiral of your life,” she explains.
The track arrives as the first new material from Winter since the release of her last album, 2022’s What Kind of Blue Are You? Winter has also announced two shows in April opening for Drop Nineteens in California. Get tickets here.
Listen to the new track “the lonely girl” below, and read on for Winter’s breakdown of the new song’s Origins.