"'Winter' was inspired by some not-so-great experiences I had over the years," says Nilagia McCoy. "Part of it was a New Years' Eve event I wasn't really enjoying, and part of it is that sluggish, seasonal affective disorder feeling, where even the littlest things feel like more effort.
Though I've lived in the Boston area for more than a decade, I'm originally from Southern California, and winter is still an adjustment for me sometimes. It's a time of year when, especially with the holidays, people are supposed to be happy, and it can be beautiful and cozy -- but if you can't connect with that, it just feels isolating. And that stretch between January and spring can feel especially bleak. I think with this pandemic, that's something many people are probably feeling this winter. Despite the subject matter though, musically, the song still has an energetic vibe -- I wanted it to still be fun to listen to, to have some contrast, and not be a complete downer of a song."