The Declining Winter

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The Declining Winter
OriginLeeds, England
GenresPost-rock, Indie, slowcore, IDM, shoegaze, electronic
Years active2007–present
LabelsMisplaced Music
Rusted Rail
Home Assembly
Rural Colours
Sound in Silence
MembersRichard Adams
Past membersStuart Wilson
Paul Elam
Gareth S. Brown
Richard Morris
Elaine Reynolds
Sarah Kemp

The Declining Winter are a British band based in Yorkshire, UK, led by Richard Adams, the co-founder of the Domino Records group Hood.[1]

They released their debut single "The Future Sound of Hip Hop Parts 1 & 2" on Misplaced Music in November 2007.[2] The record was unique as it is made of mostly recycled materials reflecting the band's keen interest in the environment.[3] This release was promptly followed up by a CD only remix project on Moteer, featuring mixes by Bracken, Epic 45, and The Boats amongst others;[4] and a their debut album Goodbye Minnesota released by Ireland's Rusted Rail imprint in May 2008.[5] In December 2008 they released a limited edition Remixes CD which came housed in recycled sleeves wrapped in Christmas paper.[6] In May 2009 they released a mini album Haunt the Upper Hallways on Home Assembly Music.[7] The same label also released an unlikely attempt at a song for the 2010 World Cup and later that year the four track cdr Scenes from the Back Bedroom Window was released on Secret Furry Hole [8].

After a long period of silence, the band (now consisting solely of Richard Adams with assorted guests) returned to release a 10" Fragment 5 on French label Monopsone in 2013 followed by Lost Songs cassette on Sanity Muffin in 2014. The latter album consists of unfinished songs rescued by Adams from his crashed hard drive and was later issued as a small run of cdr's. A brand new studio album Home For Lost Souls was released in March 2015 on Home Assembly Music.[9] and came with a digital-only mini-album The Waning Mill Chronicles.

The album was later re-pressed in August 2015 on green vinyl with a limited CD edition containing two bonus tracks and in August 2015 the band played a rare series of UK dates with a new line-up consisting of Richard Adams (vocals, guitar), Paul Elam (guitar), Mick Harrison (bass) and Chris Lanigan (drums).

The band then issued "The Leaves in the Lane" a split 12" with Isnaj Dui on the Rural Colours imprint and a busy 2015 was rounded off with a limited album "Endless Scenery" on Sound in Silence. The band then fell silent as Adams worked on his other project the dulcimer-led instrumental band Memory Drawings but a very limited handmade 7" single Chimneys etc appeared in 2018 and a new studio album Belmont Slope was announced for August 2018.

The band plays a unique form of pastoral pop taking in influences from lo-fi, electronica and post rock.


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