The Twilight Sad
With their sophomore outing The Midnight Organ Fight a fixture on 2008’s Best Of The Year circuit, a fanbase increasing in both size and devotion, and multiple sold-out tours of ever-larger venues under their belts, Glasgow-based Frightened Rabbit are releasing their third LP to towering expectations.
The Winter Of Mixed Drinks – a collection of ambitious, moving, and gloriously accomplished songs – more than meets this challenge.
Written during singer/songwriter Scott Hutchison’s self-imposed exile to secluded seaside hamlet Crail, on Scotland’s Fife coastline, The Winter Of Mixed Drinks is speckled with nautical metaphor and imbued with themes of human isolation, resilience, and the mournful triumph of mortality. Though its subject matter often skews toward the dark, redemption – in the form of a joyful choral burst, chiming guitar line, or orchestral swell – is never far away.