Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

Winter Youth – Home

Written Friday, September 6

Genuinely heartfelt and sincere, Home is the first single by Vancouver duo Winter Youth, previously known as Little Crow. Singer Emily Seal and guitarist Kas Baker have created a song that is both intimate and magnetic. There’s an intangible chemistry between these two that results in sounds that are organic and universally relatable. On Home you can hear the love that they pour into their craft with every strum and every melody, a near-impossible alchemy, yet here they have it, lightning in a bottle.

At 2:42 the song is the perfect length for a radio hit. And still there is plenty of room for Seal and Baker to shine. The song starts with simple strumming and Seal’s haunting croon, which is really the ideal introduction for this duo. When the backing band comes in on the first chorus the song starts to open up. Thankfully, though, the band’s performance is gracefully restrained and accomplished. The drumming in particular is exactly what it needs to be. Its slight and stealthy build throughout the song, while minimizing fills or anything that might pull the focus too much, is an understated and experienced take. The song reaches its crescendo effortlessly. And before you know it you’re back where you started: a mourningly strummed guitar and a heart wrenching voice.

The subtle change in the lyrics of the choruses throughout the song is a great touch.

It’s a strong first single that fulfills its goal of building anticipation for a soon-to-come release. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Hopefully sooner than later.

If you have a chance, check out their YouTube channel for the official video to this song.

You can listen here:


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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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