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Originally appeared on LA Weekly.
Though Winter advocates indulging in all forms of childlike ideation, what she sees in music is not strictly daydreams. She experiences synesthesia, where sounds are perceived as colors when the frequencies reach her brain. It contributes to her vivid life, which she views with unrelenting optimism.
Winter goes through color phases, most recently having been flooded with blues. “A lot of people associate blue with sadness, but maybe that’s just a shade of blue.” She prefers to think in terms of water: “For me, blue is tranquilizing. And a lot of my [guitar] pedals can sound like the ocean.”
Her debut full-length was called Supreme Blue Dream, and she named her brand-new label — under which she plans to release all future Winter music — Everything Blue. But her band’s new album, Ethereality, shimmers with pinks and oranges. It is a new chapter.