A dark ambient album fit for watching the snow fall throughout a brisk night, Sleepy Town of Winter comes via UK artist Dead Melodies. Releasing music under the Cryo Chamber label, Dead Melodies casts a nocturnal spell throughout Sleepy Town of Winter, whose enigmatic soundscape echoes something found in a Lynch film or Kentucky Route Zero.
With its whispered vocal effects, sporadic guitars, and gentle percussive pull, “Eyes of Black” sounds straight out of the red room. A lingering backing ambience swells until the final couple minutes, when lonesome keys push sporadically. Opener “Twilight Reverie” wanders within a similar soundscape, propelled by a backing, ominous touch amidst the steady drums. Elsewhere, the brassy tones within “Mindless Wander” inject a haunting mystique, wholly representative of the album’s cinematic and chilling soundscapes.
“Eyes of Black” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2023’ Spotify playlist.