The Winter Family is a dark, ambient duet from Jaffa, Israel. Ruth Rosenthal sings and writes lyrics in English and Hebrew, while Xavier Klaine plays the organ, harmonium, and piano. They formed in 2004 and performed in Paris, New York, Milan, Gent, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.
Their debut album is a double disc filled with soft-spoken, ethereal, and sometimes haunting vocals layered with reverb, giving them a magical depth. Thick pipe organs and harmonium drone in minor keys surround the melody. Although the instrumentation is minimal, the group manages to fill the sound beautifully. The album was recorded by the band in three apartments, a parking lot, a club and a church, between Paris and Tel Aviv. Ruth explains the double disc release as simply "two propositions/ways to get to our music."
The album was released on the Belgium label Sub Rosa, and the group is looking for a tour manager to help with shows in the U.S.
The Winter Family has collaborated with other musicians such as Olivier Robert (Women & Children) and Norsola Johnson (Godspeed You! Black Emperor).