10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A protégé of Helium's Mary Timony makes crush-worthy indie pop.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A protégé of Helium's Mary Timony makes crush-worthy indie pop.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

37 Ratings

37 Ratings

she's got it, whatever it is

Rob from Balto

Took my daughter to see one of the early shows live at WTMD and they killed it. Than again last summer at Union Transfer opening for Waxahatchee and they rocked the big hall. Songwriting is mindful for her years. Guitar work is complex with lots of cool riffs. Mucho street cred as she was mentored by Mary Timony and Priests.

Here’s something to look forward to...

Why so late boy

Listened to Pristine and I love it. Looking forward to the whole album being released! Have heard lots of good things about Snail Mail. One to watch out for in 2018!

Snail Mail More Than The Sum Their (her?) Parts...

the vima tresna

Don’t Let the Indie Pop Hooks and Riffs Fool You—uh.
Hmm. I suppose what I mean is that I could picture myself playing Snail Mail’s song “Pristine” (off their imminent Matador Records debut long player, Lush) for a friend; gushing, obsessing, insisting that Snail Mail’s got “It”.

That almost spooky, ineffable extra layer/essence/prestige that one cannot quantify by merely analyzing a band’s style, or their probable influences.

Lastly, I have this sneaking feeling; a goosebumpy vibe, that Snail Mail is going to be, like, a Big Deal.

And understand that this bit of fortune telling conjecture has nothing to do with the main thrust of this review. Perhaps this is unlikely, but I remember a similar vibe when I first heard Nirvana, and that in spite of the fact that I was not particularly into them at first.

See what I mean? Ok, cool.

About Snail Mail

Specializing in an unsettled, introspective lo-fi with textured chords, Snail Mail is the project of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lindsey Jordan. She tours and records with a rhythm section. After releasing her debut EP in 2016, she graduated from high school and signed with Matador Records, which issued her first album, Lush, in 2018.

Raised in suburban Baltimore, Maryland, Jordan started playing guitar at the age of five. As a teenager, she took lessons from Mary Timony (Helium, Ex Hex). Having already made other friends and connections in the Baltimore and D.C. music scenes by her mid-teens, in 2016, at the age of 16, she released her debut EP, Habit, on Priests-run Sister Polygon Records. Recorded and produced by Priests' G.L. Jaguar and Jason Sauvage (Sneaks), it featured Jordan on vocals and guitar, Ryan Viera on bass, and Shawn Durham on drums. An NPR Tiny Desk concert and an Audiotree Live EP followed in 2017, as did tours with Waxahatchee, Girlpool, and Beach Fossils. Before the year was through, Snail Mail signed a record deal with Matador.

Recorded with producer Jake Aron, who had engineered albums for Solange and Grizzly Bear, Snail Mail's full-length debut, Lush, arrived in June 2018. It saw Jordan's personal lyrics and dreamy guitar style backed by touring bandmates Alex Bass (bass) and Ray Brown (drums). That same month, they opened shows in New England for Belle and Sebastian. ~ Marcy Donelson

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