Out now: alt-folk collective Snowpoet release eponymous debut LP today, 15th January, through Two Rivers Records
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2. IN A QUIET SPACE
3. GLAD TO HAVE LOST
4. IF I MISS A STAR
5. LITTLE MOON MAN
8. POETRY OF STILLNESS
‘Listen as questions of the mundane and mythic exist here in parallel states of consciousness and being. Get your zen here.’– Impose Magazine
Following the recent release of singles ‘Mermaid’ and ‘Waves’, Snowpoet are pleased to present their long anticipated debut LP; the eponymous ‘Snowpoet’, set for release on 15th January 2016 on Two Rivers Records.
Impose Magazine-approved ‘Mermaid’ kicks off the album with the beautiful imagery of a babbling brook, before Lauren Kinsella’s hauntingly textured whispering, surrounded by atmospheric effects, introduces the gradual build of ‘In A Quiet Space’. Featuring the lyricist’s trademark combination of spoken word and calming breaths, her vocals are wrapped in warm bass, unobtrusive percussion, echoing synths and relaxing piano riffs, complementing the two alternating sections of the track: the hushed tones of an unborn child in the womb set against the softly sung voice of a mother.
In the powerful ‘Glad To Have Lost’, Kinsella’s crystalline vocals again take centre stage, but are immersed in a more prevailing sound world, joined by punchy percussion before layers of guitar give way to an emotional piano sequence which echoes across the track. Embodying the organic nature of the group’s recording, in its final moments the atmosphere of the studio can be heard, submerging the listener in the world of Snowpoet’s beautiful opus.
The album’s mid point is marked by the marching acoustic guitar riff of ‘Little Moon Man’, which moves between an upbeat, melodic sequence and a darker discordant stride. Here Kinsella’s voice is joined by the harmonized backing vocals of band member Josh Arcoleo, providing further depth to the track, which ends with Snowpoet’s trademark sampling of the sounds of nature, as the track fades out to the sound of trickling water.
Closing track ‘Eviternity’ rounds off the album with expertly layered shimmering cymbals and pattering percussion. This provides the foundations for the crisp imagery of Snowpoet’s delicate poetry and harmonized backing vocals, before distorted synths and a slow fade out bring the album to a close.
The nucleus of the group is comprised of BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum-endorsed multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson, who can be found on electric bass, keyboards, synths, piano, acoustic guitar and even a Wurlitzer throughout the album, alongside award-winning lyricist Lauren Kinsella, whose solo work has seen support from The Guardian, and is often heard on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM. Matthew Robinson,Nicholas Costley-White, Josh Arcoleo and Dave Hamblett form the rest of the multi-talented troop.
The album has been expertly mixed by Alex Killpartrick and was mastered by the infamous Grammy-nominated, MPG Award winning Mandy Parnell, who has worked with the likes of Björk, Depeche Mode, Jamie XX and Paul McCartney.
Having already garnered support from Earmilk, Amazing Radio, 1883 and Louder Than War, Snowpoet’s long awaited eponymous album draws together their unique sound in a breathtaking homage to both improvised and composed music.