This is the fifth and final installment of a five-part series this week documenting songs by “no-hit wonders.” Although these artists may have had cult followings and minor success on some of the “genre” charts, they didn’t even register enough mainstream success to really qualify as “one-hit wonders.” The tracks featured in this series reached the ears of TWTR podcast host Brian Kelley one way or another, and the objective of these posts is to hopefully focus some attention on some great songs that didn’t get the notoriety they likely deserved.
I stumbled onto “Invisible” by Montreal-based Winter Gloves on SiriusXM’s The Verge channel. It was love at first listen and I downloaded their first full album, 2008’s About a Girl, just before going on a three-hour road trip for work. I couldn’t stop playing that album in the car.
Their follow-up CD, 2010’s All Red, was also really good, but I was a bigger fan of “Dancing Your Heart Out,” a track from their 2011 EP titled Heart Out (see bonus video below).
Winter Gloves had a decent following in their native Canada, but they never really broke out in a big way despite a SXSW appearance and stints as opening act for bands like Tokyo Police Club and the Naked and Famous. Actually, I had the chance to see Winter Gloves and Naked and Famous in Brooklyn back in August 2011–and that show was amazing. I had high expectations for Winter Gloves as a live act, and they did not disappoint.
Alas, the band’s lead singer/songwriter, Charles F., has seemingly moved on with a new solo project called Dear Frederic, which released a five-song EP called Outlast in 2014. The title track of that EP was one of my favorite songs from last year and you can listen to it below.