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Josiah and the Bonnevilles Release Country Version of The 1975's ‘Wintering’

November 22, 2023 4:00 pm GMT
Last Edited December 18, 2023 8:29 pm GMT

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Josiah and the Bonnevilles has released a reimagined version of The 1975's 2022 release, ‘Wintering’, with the folk-leaning songsmith giving the pop track a new country twist.

Ahead of dropping ‘Wintering’, Josiah Leming - the man behind Josiah and the Bonnevilles - explained that he's always been a big fan of the song, but that he found some of the UK-related references hard to relate to. As a result, he recorded his own take.

Josiah explained, “I loved [‘Wintering’] so much but the verses were very British and I reckoned if I was gonna sing it it would have to sound a little more like East Tennessee”.

The sleek, pop-leaning production of the original is eschewed in favour of a rustic guitar, the subtle twinkle of a piano and a warm harmonica, which help to give ‘Wintering’ its festive ambience.

Sonically, Josiah aligns with the exciting wave folk-driven, alt-country artists that have emerged over the past few years, with Noah Kahan in particular having bridged the gap between folk and country through his 2022 project, Stick Season.

The sweet, endearing ‘Wintering’ follows a protagonist preparing to return home for the holidays, with Josiah upholding The 1975's sentiment while introducing vivid rural US imagery.

It's not the first Christmas-inspired release from Josiah, with the Tennessee-based singer-songwriter having shared the fan-favourite ‘Silver Bells’ in 2022. Following the stellar ‘Wintering’, listeners will be hoping Josiah has a few more Yuletide offerings up his sleeve.

Written by Maxim Mower
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