Nicole Schneit's Air Waves project returns with a second album drawing on an array of Brooklynite talent including friends from Hospitality, Ava Luna, Woods and Crystal Stilts alongside Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). Schneit's songs remain thoughtful meditations on interpersonal relations while her gently rocking soundworld is enriched by the contributions of her comrades.
6/10 Robin Staff review, 16 September 2015
Nicole Schneit’s has her own paradise away from the jangle lovers Crystal Stilts, and believe you me it is different: Air Waves’ music is clearer and more contemporary than the usual nostalgia her psych friends purvey, offering plaintive solutions to pop music. Acoustic ditties get turned into torch songs (take the slowly rising “Lines”, which echoes Van Etten’s “All I Can” in starting from nothing to become an unexpected epic) and the production ensures you hear every pick and fret brush (the eagle-eyed ballad that is “Milky Way”). For those who love Trespassers’ William but want the melancholy to come with a little bit of positive reinforcement, this is yours.
Schneit is joined by an all-star rawk cast on this record, bringing in a full rock band plus work from members of Woods, Ava Luna and Hospitality: basically, art rock, psych and twee are this week’s threat to national security, which is a lot to take in at once. Schneit keeps the focus on her songs, though, rarely veering off in any direction that isn’t her delicately minded but industrial-strength indie rock. The brash chords that open “Milky Way” are soon course-corrected by a sweet-laced synth and a compelling vocal melody, which are dramatised with a harmony but faded before we reach too intense a climax. Which is to say: this isn’t big pop music, just slightly catchy and contentedly rocking: never has someone said “hey baby, we’re gonna fuck around” as mild-mannered as Schneit does on “Sweet Talk”.
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