Snow is the first release from The New Year in nine years, since several members are in Bedhead and Overseas they have been away, but continued to write slowly. Snow is crystalline indie rock that is softly under-exaggerated and softly nuanced, it won’t kick you in the face, more go for a nice walk with you. Think a laid back indie version of the softer parts in Tortoise or The Sea & Cake.
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The first new album in nine years for brothers Matt and (the brilliantly named) Bubba Kadane. The lads started off in highly loved slowcore band Bedhead before leaving all that behind and recording slightly more sprightly music as the New Year.
This is the sort of music that could be described as 'quietly honed' rather than expressive. The band make a similar sound to clever people such as American Football or the Sea and Cake but at the heart of this music is an emotional intensity. The sort of sound that reminds you of going home for Christmas to a snowy house in the mid-west of America - kicking open that screen door. They are less tangly than American Football, less kraut driven than Sea and Cake but instead record the sort of slow moving music that requires patience from both the musicians and listener. Things gently unfurl but go and make a cup of tea while they are doing it. Thing is, switch off long enough and usually when you return they've come up with something you'd be happy listening to.
Sometimes they are in great danger of hitting dead ends. 'Myths' goes nowhere until finally, finally a vocal creeps in but once that patience is tested they'll reward you with a nice hushed pop song such as 'The Party's Over' with those brushed guitars strumming away in each ear it sits somewhere between the Radar Brothers, the Kingsbury Manx and Grandaddy. A time when it was ok to be understated.
The New Year sound of a previous time, like a sepia tinted photograph of you and your loved ones from 2003.
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