Home > News & Reviews > Snail Mail

Snail Mail - Lush (Album Review)

Thursday, 21 June 2018 Written by Helen Payne

The artwork for Snail Mail’s debut album, ‘Lush’, depicts Lindsay Jordan, the driving force behind the band, staring blankly into space. In fact, all accompanying images of her in the press have the same countenance: hazy, bored, detached.

When she performs - a tiny human with audience-silencing presence and awe-inspiring guitar skills - she sometimes has that same look. But the suggestion that Jordan is disinterested isn’t accurate. It’s actually quite the opposite. 

Through her lyrics, Jordan proves to be someone who feels her emotions deeply and wholly. Things hit her hard, and she’s had a lot of shit to deal with already, despite having just turned 19.

Teenage heartache is rough and listening to this album takes you back to those high school crushes that, though devastating at the time, are eventually remembered with a glistening sense of nostalgia.

“I’ll never love anyone else,” she snarls on the lead single, Pristine. It’s difficult to tell whether this is asserted sincerely, or as a cynical way to jab at others her age - after all, when you’re 18, a break-up really does feel like the end of the world.

On the other hand, childish but endearing phrases like “anyways”, and heading out to “the same party every weekend” draw attention to her youth, while the joyful, summery guitar rhythms, and a leaping vocal melody that explores her range without showing off, suggest Jordan recognises that she’s just getting started. She embraces the feeling and revels in the intensity of her emotions, even as she’s aware that it's a fallacy. Pretty grown up for a teenager.

While Pristine is a great track, it sounds very similar to the others gathered here. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is easy to zone out due to the similarities between Golden Dream and Full Control: these are mid-tempo indie-rock songs full of vibrant guitar tones, simple structures and verses that go on too long.

The stand out track, Let’s Find An Out, does that little bit more. By dropping the bass and percussion so they’re almost imperceptible in the mix, Jordan is able to demonstrate her classical training during the prettiest finger-picked song around at the moment. Heat Wave, similarly, has one of the best riffs on the album - it’s just a shame we only really hear it once.

There’s a plethora of cool, intelligent and acerbic female lyricists currently operating in indie-rock, so where will Snail Mail fit in on the map? While Jordan doesn’t quite do enough on ‘Lush’ to stand out from the Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy or Julien Baker crowd, she is firmly in the race.

Snail Mail Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Mon October 22 2018 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Tue October 23 2018 - GLASGOW Hug and Pint
Wed October 24 2018 - MANCHESTER Now Wave Venue
Thu October 25 2018 - LONDON Dome, Tufnell Park
Mon October 29 2018 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
Tue October 30 2018 - BRIGHTON Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
Wed October 31 2018 - BRISTOL Thekla

Click here to compare & buy Snail Mail Tickets at Stereoboard.com.





Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!




You May Also Like:

'I'm A Boy Staring Up Into Space': Jay Forrest Talks The Return Of Hopesfall
Wed 08 Aug 2018
Photo: Natalie Bisignano Few bands have enjoyed a career as varied and colourful as Hopesfall's. Forming 20 years ago in North Carolina, they emerged just as metalcore and other forms of moody hard rock were beginning to take off. However, they aren't remembered for their contributions to the scene as much as how they subverted its tropes. Drawing from screamo and psychedelic space rock in equal measures, their releases 'No Wings to Speak Of' and 'The Satellite Years' to this day stand up as classics of the genre.
'It Feels Like A Landmark Album For Us': Delta Sleep Discuss The Expansive 'Ghost City'
Fri 10 Aug 2018
Photo: Paola Baltazar​ Much like prog before it, math-rock hasn't always appeared the most accessible of genres. As a form, it's designed to keep listeners on their toes, directing and misdirecting with syncopated rhythms, jagged melodic progressions and non-standard time signatures. That might not seem like a recipe for commercial success, but if there's one thing Brits can get behind it's art that's awkward, intelligent and self aware.
Life In A Whirlwind: Mt. Joy Discuss Their Startling Rise
Wed 15 Aug 2018
Until a certain streaming service turned their lifelong musical fantasies into a reality, the members of folky Americana quintet Mt. Joy were on a very different path indeed. To retool an old saying, life as they know it happened while they were busy living other best laid plans.
From Blues Boy To Next Big Thing: The Making of Dan Owen
Thu 23 Aug 2018
It’s easy to question the authenticity of any young musician who stirs up a super-sized buzz. Are they merely a record company’s latest marionette? Yet another superficial media darling destined for 15 minutes of fame? Dan Owen certainly generated significant plaudits before his debut album, ‘Stay Awake With Me’, had even been released, but the finished product revealed a special singer-songwriter who, after years of grafting for his shot at the big time, is being lauded for all the right reasons.
Living Their Best Lives: Idles' Joe Talbot Talks Their New Album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'
Thu 30 Aug 2018
Crackling through a speakerphone, Joe Talbot’s voice is calm and level. “I don’t feel any pressure to do anything,” he says. “It’s up to me. I genuinely don’t care what anyone else makes of what I do. It’s up to me to be as honest to myself, and truthful to the band and our art, as possible. The rest is up to you.”
It All Starts With The Song: The Beating Heart Of Country Star Brent Cobb
Fri 31 Aug 2018
Photo: Don VanCleave It may sound like wishful thinking, but in an ideal world music would begin and end with nothing but a great song. There’d be no record companies or publications trying to shape our tastes. Image would be unimportant. Sales irrelevant. Radio airplay redundant. The only thing that would matter would be the creativity of the musician and how they reflect themselves through their art.
New Soul Legends UK Dates Announced Featuring Lemar
Mon 13 Aug 2018
A new batch of Soul Legend dates featuring Lemar have been announced.
Never Bored: Ugly-Pop Band Skating Polly Discuss Life On Tour
Mon 10 Sep 2018
Wanderlust is a word usually associated with gap years and middle aged people who want a fancy way of saying they’re bored with the life they’ve made for themselves.
 
< Prev   Next >