THE DECLINING WINTER
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When the brothers Adams allowed Hood an extended sabbatical it was always going to be interesting to see how far their musical paths would diverge from their unmistakable blueprint. Now temporarily freed from the pressures and expectations of the Hood environment, Richard Adams has breathed an audible sigh of relief into his new project, The Declining Winter.
After releasing their debut album 'Goodbye Minnesota' to rave reviews, touring the UK with ambient legends Stars of the Lid and making their debut European appearance at the Tanned Tin festival in Spain in November 2008, The Declining Winter embarked on a tour of France, Luxembourg and Belgium in April 2009, the UK in September 2009 and Germany in October 2009. Their second album, 'Haunt the Upper Hallways', was released on Home Assembly Music in July 2010, and the 'Scenes from the Back Bedroom Window' in 2011 on Secret Furry Hole.
“With Goodbye Minnesota, Adams extends [Hood's] late-period move into gentle electronica, warping and glitching minimal folk-pop melodies played on bedroom guitars and drums. Goodbye Minnesota is autumnal and graceful, its quietly resigned tenor gesturing toward emotional troubles that remain just out of focus.” – UNCUT
"It's a familiarly stark, rustic sound-world, full of tumbling beats and sweeping, harmonised violins, yet in this context it takes on an altogether poppier discourse. 'Haunt The Upper Hallways' is full of colour and lyricsim, yet it's also packing a punch thanks to the hip-hop-in-a-barn quality of the drums." - BOOMKAT