Americana trio South for Winter’s newly-released debut album, Luxumbra, is eclectic in the best sense of the word. From start to finish, the album takes the listener on an electrifying journey; beginning with the sweeping, string-laden pull of “Twine,” building to the mid-album crescendo of Southern-gothic ballad “Devil is a’Calling,” and finally diving back down into the ethereal, harmony-laden arrangement of “Stone.”
You’d be surprised to find that Luxumbra is New Zealand-born, Nashville-based South for Winter’s debut full-length record – every track and every musical choice feels meticulously planned and executed. When speaking with the band, however, another side of the album’s creation is revealed:
“Luxumbra translates to ‘light’ and ‘shadow’ in Latin,” explains lead singer Dani Stone. “For us, the name doesn’t just fit the different styles and genres of the songs on the album; it also describes the crazy highs and lows we experienced as a band leading up to the album’s release. Every time something happened that could have stopped the album from being released – and fully stopped our music, if we’re honest – we received an opportunity or a helping hand that kept us going. Two years after we started this record, against all odds, Luxumbra made it into the world.”
Whether it was launching a crowdfunding campaign just before a tornado hit Nashville, being on tour in New York City the day the city shut down from Covid-19 this past March or blowing two van transmissions within six months, the band is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. However, if pressure makes diamonds, the trio is sitting on gold – and, according to them, much of it is thanks to the great minds involved in Luxumbra’s creation.
“This album evolved into something even better than we could have imagined thanks to all the incredible people who were involved,” states guitarist, singer, and co-writer Nick Stone. “We realized early on that all three of us (Dani Stone, Alex Stradal, and myself) really clicked when writing music together – and that each of us contributed something vital to every song. However, taking it to drummer Chris Kearney, GRAMMY award-winning producer, and bassist Matt Leigh, and tracking engineer Bryce Roberts sonically elevated these tracks to another level. Each one of them put so much creative energy into the album, and made it become what I feel is our best work today.” – Nick Stone
If you are looking for an album that will take you from dreaming, to rocking out, to singing, dancing along, check out Luxumbra by South for Winter. Also, keep an eye out for future endeavors from this trio. Great things are coming their way.