Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks [Coloured Vinyl]
Catalogue No.: FATLP84X
Release Date: 11th December 2020
Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ turns ten this year and in order to celebrate, FatCat Records release an Anniversary edition of the LP.
Boasting Ice Blue vinyl, the Anniversary edition also features a bonus 7” featuring two previously unreleased live tracks, remixed and remastered for this release.
‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ was written over seven weeks in the isolated but beautiful coastal town of Crail in Fyfe, Scotland, following heavy touring in support of the band’s second album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’. Drummer Grant Hutchison stated “the location had a big impact on the songs. There’s definitely a nautical theme to a lot of the tracks and a feeling of testing yourself to the limit which the sea plays a big part in.”
The album was primarily recorded at Castle Sound Studios in Scotland, with additional recording and production taking place at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut, alongside their trusted producer Peter Katis.
Upon release in March 2010, the album was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, with Drowned in Sound praising frontman Scott Hutchison, describing his performance as having “the same tremble in the voice, the same elegance in the guitar tone, the same march of the Military Tattoo in the rhythm - but a renewed purpose.”
The Fly also praised Scott, claiming him to be “one of the most underrated voices in rock,” going further stating, “what more could you possibly want from Frightened Rabbit’s third album? They’re hurling themselves fearlessly at the bright lights, and coming back all the stronger for it.”
The Guardian praised the album’s “sharp” songwriting, stating, “most of their songs - with themes of escape, freedom and reinvention - have huge impassioned choruses that are made to be shouted from the nearest available mountain,” whilst the NME maintained the album to be “stunning” and further wrote “for every song of heartache (‘Yes, I Would’) and self-loathing (‘The Loneliness & The Scream’), there’s one of redemption (‘FootShooter’) or hope (‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’). The album deviates from their previous alt-folkish sensibilities: the fuzzed-up shoegazing of ‘Things’ and the anthemic chorus of ‘Living In Colour’ herald an exciting new bullshit-free dawn.”
This is an album that FatCat and all of those involved in its creation are immensely proud of, as relevant and striking today as it was upon first listen back at the dawn of a new decade ten years ago.
‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ LP
Swim Until You Can’t See Land
The Loneliness and the Scream
Skip the Youth
Nothing Like You
Man/Bag of Sand
Living In Colour
Yes, I Would
Things - Live at the Roundhouse, London, UK. December 7th, 2016
The Wrestle - Live at The Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH, USA. May 5th, 2010