On the summer solstice, my band Moss of Moonlight released its second album, a creature birthed from the frozen muck that clings to the gnarly roots of Yggdrasil. We call it Winterwheel.
It’s an EP, though this designation has caused a bit of confusion among listeners, because it’s a FORTY-TWO MINUTE EP. Nevertheless, we’re sticking by our word. If Moonsorrow’s Tulimyrsky can be an hour, eight minute and sixteen seconds long, then ours can be forty two minutes.
What we’re saying is that EPs can be defined not only by length, but by concept, too. Our music is typically geographic in nature (dirty metal?) because we write about our home, Cascadia, and the narratives that stem from its hoary heart (and our own). However, Winterwheel is a momentary step to the side. It’s an album, but a ritual, too. It’s a cyclic study of our past, of Anglo Saxon Paganism, and an attempt to give it meaning in a modern context. In other words, we aren’t just trying to eat, regurgitate the same shiit, and eat it again–we’re eating the past for perspective, to craft something new. Did we succeed? I recommend listening to the album and deciding for yourself. Because frostbite is fun!
Anyway, the point is that Winterwheel is what it is because it’s a bit different than our usual material. Forty two minutes it may be, but it’s still an EP. Which is completely okay, because Wikipedia (that venerable sage of impregnable wisdom) says so:
…the definition of an EP is not determined only by the number of tracks or the playing time; an EP is typically seen as four (or more) tracks of equal importance, as opposed to a four-track single with an obvious A-side and three B-sides…
If you want to know more about Winterwheel, you can read these interviews, where we run at the mouth and probably sound silly and pretentious (though we really hope not). Interview #1 is at Sword Chant (you’ll have to scroll down a bit). #2 is at A Different Shade of Black.
Anyway, people seem to be using their ears properly, gnashing up the snowscapes of Winterwheel with their cochlear tongues and teeth. Count Blagorath likes it:
And so does Alex Rosenberg:
Also, Sorrow Eternal reviewed Winterwheel, and said good things about us on their 89th podcast. We were also #2 on their Best EPs of 2013 (so far). There’s a bunch of other reviews, but we’re probably the only ones obsessed enough to read them all. If you’re curious, I find Google to be quite helpful. Or you can contact me, because I’m like Smaug, only I have a narcissistic hoard of links, instead of shiny things.