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Indie88 Premiere: Starpainter want your inner artist to survive on new single ‘Blood In The Snow #3’

Starpainter have shared their new folk-rock single, “Blood In The Snow #3,” premiering now on Indie88

The track comes from their forthcoming EP, Blood In The Snow. The collection features three interpretations of one song, as Starpainter tell three versions of the same story. This story is set in a semi-fictional small town that is reminiscent of singer-songwriter Joel Stretch’s upbringing in Alberta. On “Blood In The Snow #3,” the band really leans into their subversive alt-country sound.

“[Blood In The Snow #3] is trying to deliver the delirious and bittersweet feeling of hanging on to something that used to be good but has become unhealthy,” Stretch explains. “Everything has gone wrong at once, but you just go out and drink and hang with your friends and try to forget about it for a while instead of dealing with anything – darkness looms in the periphery but you choose to ignore it.”

Listen to “Blood In The Snow #3” below.


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“These songs exist in a semi-fictional universe I write about a lot,” Starpainter explain of the EP. “It’s usually winter, people are drinking, and things are not going very well – sort of Robert Kroetsch, sort of a Fargo, sort of real-world small-town Alberta. It bears a certain family resemblance to the actual small town I grew up in, but the classic movie disclaimer about ‘any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental’ comes to mind.”

“Most artists I know don’t get to make art as their job; having so much time and effort consumed by ‘other’ work can be exhausting and make it feel like my life isn’t a genuine expression of who I am,” Starpainter continue. “For lots of people, the artist-self or child-self or whatever you want to call it gets sort of absorbed by a work-self over the course of adulthood. The first verse is a sort of plea for mercy in that process and expresses a desire for that inner person to survive.”

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