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snowdrift - Remastered

by snowdrift

Snowdrift threads tweaked samples of old Prokofiev recordings throughout vintage tone-layers of hollow-bodied guitars, electric piano, and a trap set. Timeless vintage vocals swell above the slow-core grooves. Dark and dreamy.
Genre: Rock: Slowcore
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1. september
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2. sleeping man
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3. outlaw engineers
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4. alaska
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5. catalina
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6. aviary
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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San Francisco's Aquarious Record Store REVIEW:

Lots of you are probably pretty obsessed by now with UK label Paradigms and pick up pretty much everything they release. Always interesting, gorgeously packaged, and Snowdrift is no exception.
Veering dramatically from their drone/metal direction, Paradigms have dug up another dark treasure from the Northwest, this time from Seattle. The label mentions Low and Mazzy Star and Amber Asylum and those are pretty good starting points. Imagine a moody shuffling post rock, with moaning cellos, shimmering guitars, sort of laid back and smoky, with occasional squalls of subtly blown out psych, but for the most part sort of drifting and slithering dreamily. The focal point is definitely the vocals, female, dark and throaty, a rich velvety croon, perfectly matched to the warm shimmery musical backdrops. A sort of post rock slowcore pop... one could definitely imagine these guys and gal on the radio, maybe even MTV, the dark moodiness just accessible enough for regular folks, but dreamy and dramatic enough to keep it interesting. The songs are fairly conventional, but they are often wrapped in decidedly unconventional layers, be it a thick swaths of shimmering strings, a fuzzy rumbling drone, some clattery abstract ambience. Cool stuff for sure.


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Soumya

Dark but comforting
I first heard Snowdrift when 'September' played on a Portishead-based Pandora station, and I knew that moment that I needed to explore this more, and trusty cdbaby didn't let me down - neither did Snowdrift - this album is both dark and relaxing, with gorgeous vocals that blend well with a lush musical scape - September, Sleeping Man, and Aviary stand out, but excellent effort, hope I get to see more!

John Book, Music For America

A very remarkable piece of work
I received a CD by Snowdrift, and the cover came enclosed in a protective plastic sleeve. Looking at it, I thought it was one of those die-cut/embossed cardboard covers, but instead it was an envelope, folded and sealed. I had to, oh damn, damage the cover in order to get to the music. I was alright with that, I had hoped if the group were making the effort to produce something like this, one should make the effort to take a listen. I'm glad I did. This Seattle band play the kind of solemn music that would appeal to fans of The Cowboy Junkies, Wilco, or early 70's/pre-DSOTM Pink Floyd. The first time that moved me was the music itself, and the recording. You can hear the music, and you hear that breathe in the studio. Not sure if this is an analog recording (the liner notes don't state this), but as they play you tend to hear the music and the musicians move. It makes the hair on your arms stand up. Some might say that it sounds a bit like Mazzy Star but the difference is that the lyrics are much more coherent (at least to me they are). Their MySpace page lists them as being psychedelic. It's not psychedelic in the late 60's sense, but it's definitely music for the mind, kind of like Jefferson Airplane hanging out with David Crosby if they were new artists hanging out with Natalie Merchant, Amy Lee, Engine Kid, early Sunny Day Real Estate and some kid with a mean ass Mellotron. What I like is how sometimes the vocals of Kat Terran move into the distance, as they do in "Catalina". The effect moves into what sounds like someone going through a tunnel and losing the radio frequency, only to come out on the other end and find that her voice has disappeared. As the band play, she comes back as if she's speaking right behind you, and it's a chicken skin moment. One could listen to this as a whole and be overwhelmed by how dark and soothing it sounds. One could also take elements from the songs and listen to it in an abstract manner, and it works like that to a degree, but they would be missing out on a lot of the intricacies these guys put into every element of these songs, from the gentle touch of the drums, that slide guitar that seems to stretch as long as forever, and the vocals that compliment the sounds so well. A very remarkable piece of work.