Wingtips – Cutting Room Floor

Label: Artoffact 2021
With their debut album, Exposure Therapyreleased in 2019 on Artoffact, Wingtips’ Vincent Segretario and Hannah Avalon stormed the scene with dark, infectious pop, drawing equally from slamming darkwave and lush synth-pop.

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With their debut album, Exposure Therapy, released in 2019 on Artoffact, Wingtips’ Vincent Segretario and Hannah Avalon stormed the scene with dark, infectious pop, drawing equally from slamming darkwave and lush synth-pop.
Revolver Magazine called the pair a “devastating twosome” and Chicago Reader offered these words: “Goth-pop duo Wingtips captures the irresistible disintegration and woozy depths of The Cure‘s late-’80s sound.”

Sophomore album Cutting Room Floor maintains a base in ’80s sounds, but sees the band ascend to a new place of pure, timeless songcraft. With brighter melodies, deeper emotions, and a stripped-down approach that lets the songs shine, Wingtips have become something bigger than a retro act. With hooks so compelling they are cinematic in scope, and vocals that grab hold of the heart, Cutting Room Floor marks the genesis of a new style: “new romantic for post-millennial end times,” in the band’s own words.

“We always sought to go for the neck with maximalist production, with layers upon layers of sonic output,” says Segretario. “This time, we deliberately deconstructed our sound and tried simplifying things altogether.”

“Writing ‘Cutting Room Floor’ was a much different experience than with our previous work, he continues. “We aimed to find inspiration in modern music because we wanted to write a modern-sounding record. In the past we certainly drew inspiration from ’80s artists, and still do at our core, but this time we wanted to jump out of that mold. I think if anything, that’s how we’ve matured; simply doing more of what we want as artists and staying true to ourselves in the present moment.”

The result is music that respects the past without being restrained by it. With utmost respect to the icons of yore, from Depeche Mode to Nine Inch Nails, Wingtips have graduated to a new place amidst contemporaries who are freely pushing forward into new realms – artists such as CHVRCHES, The Soft Moon, HEALTH, and FKA twigs.
Consistent with the musical shift of the new album, Segretario and Avalon’s lyrics address the idea of personal growth. “In cinema, the ‘cutting room floor’ is essentially the stage where they decide which footage stays, and which footage gets canned,” says Segretario. “Many of the album’s themes are rooted in this idea of editing your own life to become the best version of yourself. We wanted to talk about how progress in life isn’t linear, and we sometimes have to go through trial and error to find ourselves on the other end. We realize who we are in times of crisis, and let the lessons we learn define our character as a result.”

Cutting Room Floor was recorded at Union Street Arts in Marion, Illinois; mixed by Brian Fox at Altered States Studio in Chicago; and mastered by Jason Corbett at Jacknife Studios in Vancouver, BC.

Tracklist:

1) Minimalistic

2) Crystal Clear

3) Repetitive

4) Run for Shelter

5) Cross the Line

6) Fallback

7) Shrinking

8) Four Walls

9) Wish U the Best

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CD (pre-order), Vinyl