|Snowblink — Returning Current (7 September 2016)|
Snowblink — Returning Current (7 Sept. 2016)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada ~ Los Angeles, California
Album release: 7 September 2016
Record Label: Outside Music
Genre: Indie Pop, Pop Folk, Female Vocal
01 How Now 3:32
02 Exotic Bird 3:00
03 Cyclone 3:57
04 Feel Like a Man 4:41
05 Returning Current 3:55
06 Foothills 4:16
07 Second Sight 4:26
08 Cobalt Clear 4:40
09 Turn to Light 4:08
10 Wild Here 4:25
℗ 2016 Outside Music
♦» Snowblink’s newest collection of songs is an unflinching study of human relationships — to self, to other, and to Other, and to the threat or actuality of losing those unrepeatable prizes. At the outset of the recording process, Gesundheit made a text version of a “mood board” to portray the sensations she wished to evoke in the production of the album.
♦» The musicians, producers, and engineers were faced with the task of sonically approximating: Santa Fe / Arizona / Palm Springs /sunset over a mesa /either sunburst and pastel or loud crashing flash floods and lightning /calypso disco / lots of space with bursts or ripples of sound /sauna.
♦» Practically, this ambition meant that the band approached each song by any means necessary~here a full band live off the floor in a winter cabin, here a painstaking half~year~long process of revision, here a drum sample from years ago mixed with dozens of layers of analog synths and vocals. In sculpting the singular sound of Returning Current, no process was out of bounds — the band made themselves equally at home with a bevy of acoustic instruments, analog processes, or sample~based in~the~box production choices. By any means necessary.
♦» What results is “mastery at its liquidiest” (Feist in a personal letter to the band), a collection of songs that find the speaker reporting, in the stark, James Blake~esque ballad Second Sight, that “the sky was kneeling on my back to pray,” or elucidating the slipperiness of desire, as in Returning Current:
♦» Like a monk or a mystic quiet on the outside northern lights colluding on the inside The air around me humid as Hawaii with my evaporated desire
♦» These are private songs, domestic songs, songs to be absorbed over time — unhurried, biological time, the passage of which helps us to survive ourselves.
≡♦≡ All songs written by DANIELA GESUNDHEIT and DAN GOLDMAN except (5, 9, 10) by DANIELA GESUNDHEIT
≡♦≡ DANIELA GESUNDHEIT Vocals, Guitars, Harp
≡♦≡ DAN GOLDMAN Vocals, Guitars, Synths
featuring performances by
≡♦≡ LESLIE FEIST Vocals (1)
≡♦≡ OWEN PALLETT Strings (4)
≡♦≡ BARBARA GRUSKA Drums (1, 6, 10)
≡♦≡ JOHNNY SPENCE Synth (1, , 9) Clavinet (10) Piano (9)
≡♦≡ THOM GILL Guitar (4, 5, 8) Synth (7)
≡♦≡ ARIEL ENGLE Vocals (4)
≡♦≡ STEVEN FOSTER Drums (4)
≡♦≡ FELICITY WILLIAMS Vocals (9)
≡♦≡ PHILIPE MELANSON Drums (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
≡♦≡ MIKA POSEN Violins (3, 6)
≡♦≡ ANDREW DOWNING Cello (3, 6, 8)
≡♦≡ BRODIE WEST Saxophone (1, 10)
≡♦≡ CALEY MONAHON–WARD Violins (8, 9)
≡♦≡ DOUG TIELLI Trombone, Baritone Horn (5)
≡♦≡ DAN GAUCHER Drums (4, )
≡♦≡ EVAN CARTWRIGHT Steel Drum (3, 6, 8)
≡♦≡ RYAN DRIVER Flute (7)
≡♦≡ CHARLES JAMES Bass (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) Synth Bass (9)
≡♦≡ Produced by DAN GOLDMAN, ROBBIE LACKRITZ, DANIELA GESUNDHEIT
with the exception of
≡♦≡ (2) Produced by DAN GOLDMAN and DANIELA GESUNDHEIT
≡♦≡ (3) Produced by DAN GOLDMAN, ETHAN GRUSKA, DANIELA GESUNDHEIT
Horn Arrangements by DAN GOLDMAN (1, 5, 10), with DOUG TIELLI (5)
String Arrangements by OWEN PALLETT (4), CALEY MONAHON–WARD (9), DAN GOLDMAN (3, 6), and GOLDMAN and MONAHON–WARD (8)
≡♦≡ Recorded by ROBBIE LACKRITZ, DAN GOLDMAN; additional recording by DAVID TRAVERS–SMITH, CALEY MONAHON–WARD, OWEN PALLETT and DON KERR
≡♦≡ Recorded at UNICORN RANCH in Horning’s Mills, ON / KINGSIZE SOUNDLABS in Los Angeles / PARTYTINE–CLEMENTINE, FOUND SOUND, THE ROOSTER, and 6 NASSAU, all in Toronto
≡♦≡ Mixed by ROBBIE LACKRITZ (1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), STEPHEN KAYE (2, 3, 4), with additional mixing by DAN GOLDMAN (9)
≡♦≡ Mastered by DAVID TRAVERS–SMITH
≡♦≡ Published by VISITING MARTHA (ASCAP/SOCAN)
≡♦≡ Photograph by TERRI LOEWENTHAL
≡♦≡ Layout and design by BRANKICA HARVEY
By Laura Stanley, Published Sep 07, 2016 / Score: 8
Λ Snowblink are purveyors of tranquility. The last two albums from the Toronto/L.A. duo Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman, 2008’s Long Live and 2012’s Inner Classics, were steady productions of sublimely soothing sounds that found the pair softly tangling folk and electronic elements. Like its predecessors, new album Returning Current is a blissful ride; the entire album, as the album art so perfectly reflects, sounds as the world does when you’re underwater: soft and calm.
Λ Returning Current is divided into “dayside” and “nightside” halves that, despite the polarizing names, have just subtle differences. On “dayside,” Snowblink are wide–eyed, taking in everything the world has to offer. “Will the goodness we have witnessed stay good for centuries?” asks Gesundheit in “How Now”; it’s a “goodness” that takes on a new meaning in the following track, “Exotic Bird,” when she coos, “Someone drew a hot bath the day we met and it hasn’t cooled.”
Λ As darkness settles in, Snowblink experience pain (“Why’d you have to have a body?” sighs Gesundheit in the chorus of “Foothills”), struggle with domestication (“Wild Here”) and yearn for a clearer future (“Second Sight”). But even these more troublesome emotions are treated in the same calm fashion as those felt in daylight. For Snowblink, life starts anew every morning.
Λ On Returning Current, Snowblink return to their lush ways and beg you to dive in.
|Snowblink — Returning Current (7 September 2016)|
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