The US gaze-wave quartet Snowball II release their début LP ? on the 11th of March.
The third of the eleven tracks on ?, I Can Come, is the only one I am able to share with you, else I would be offering you a track by track review along with a selection of compositions, though I have had the pleasure of languishing in the luscious sounds of the just under an hour album.
Snowball II are striding into their first release under their new name and direction – with well placed confidence as their juxtapositional sounds emerge from the speakers. They are equally unafraid to ask questions of their audience as they ease the conundrums of their musical journey into the ears. Musically idiosyncratic, the quartet are equally whimsical with the track names as well as the LP title – which isn’t a reminder for me to find out the name of the LP – rather ? really is the name of the album – along with including a track called Antonio Banderas & A Semester Abroad and another named simply !.
The marker of Snowball II is their ability to transform, what are not overly complicated, initial compositions into mazes of construction with elements such as reversed playback and looping time-shifted passages, whilst, always retaining the slowly moving core of the track. Leaving the listener not discombobulated, rather, feeling they have been on an enjoyable though tipsy night out where everything is recalled with fond, though hazy, memory.
In my view ? is an LP that is best lain through in one sitting, as the completed work makes perfect sense, taking one track at a time leaves you feeling you are attempting to put a jig-saw puzzle together whilst aware there are an unknown number of missing pieces.
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