Romeo

Beyond gender roles

Swedish rock solo project Winterland debuts with “Romeo”, a song about love and defying gender roles. Mixing classic yacht rock vibes with synth sounds, the track reminds of Winterland’s main influences, such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” and Dire Straits’ “Tunnel Of Love”.

When speaking about the song, Fredrik Nilsson, the project’s creator, describes the concept behind the lyrics, “If you just leave gender roles behind, love will later become stronger. Stronger than when you build it on stereotypical games. I’ve realized that gender roles aren’t what define love.”

The song showcases Nilsson’s exploration of new synth sounds, which he added to the signature classic rock sounds he developed on his previous project, the band Waterhill. Written by Nilsson in the winter of 2020, the song was also live recorded and mixed by him in his studio.

Fredrik Nilsson has been involved in music all his life, playing in his first pub gigs from the early age of 12 and managing to win a talent show at 14 with one of his bands in Helsingborg. Along his life-long trajectory, he developed a style that was solidified with Waterhill and continues to evolve with Winterland.

Winterland got signed to Gothenburg-based Rexius Records in 2021. He’s now preparing for the release of “Romeo”, available on April the 8th. 

Photo: Bengt Svensson

Winterland

Swedish rock solo project Winterland approaches music with a down-to-earth perspective. Reminiscing about 70’s yacht rock bands like Fleetwood Mac, he has discovered music as a therapeutic experience.

Fredrik Nilsson, the project’s creator, describes this experience. “I started writing for therapeutic purposes, and then there were a lot of songs all of a sudden. It has never been obvious that I should be on stage, be a front figure. I’ve just been keeping on really.”

A music enthusiast from an early age, Fredrik has played with several bands over the years, allowing him to develop a mature sound, which permeated his previous project, the band Waterhill.

Describing his experiences with severe burnout, he explains how he relied on music to heal. “I almost worked myself to death. While I was getting sick, I started writing for Waterhill. There were about 20 songs in one month, very creative. I never get tired when I work in the studio, it’s more like relaxation.”

Winterland got signed to Gothenburg-based Rexius Records in 2021. He’s now preparing for the release of“Romeo” available, on April the 8th.