Get To Know: Snail Mail
We're Getting To Know the new face of indie-rock in this week's introducing interview...
Snail Mail had written her first EP, Habit, by the age of only 15. It was a lo-fi, melodic, charming project glowing with very genuine and optimistic expressions of adolescent life – it’s confusing complexities and numerous trials and tribulations which are, nevertheless, filled with hope.
Now 19, her debut album Lush has the same heart, but something of a new face. She’s ditched the lo-fi aesthetic of old and instead the record is, as it it’s called, lush. Every note rings out cleanly from her immaculate guitar playing which, together with her vocals which now sit at the forefront of the songs, and serves as the focal point.
The youthful core still remains, as does the marching optimism that sets her apart from other similar artists in the indie-rock sphere. In encountering unrequited love on ‘Heat Wave’ she sings “I’m feeling low // I’m not into sometimes” which, albeit mellow, is sung with hope and acceptance to upbeat instrumentation. There is no wallowing in sadness here, this is the sun peering out after the storm, where she can appreciate life’s difficulties for the necessary lessons they provide and thus the ultimate goodness of them.
Her phenomenal guitar work makes the album worth listening to alone, now totally crisp and clean - with which she eschews sinking into sadness and instead holds a gleeful positivity that permeates the entire album. But, it’s the combination of this with her refreshingly bright song writing which makes Lush quite unlike any other album of its sort, and proves Snail Mail to be leading the next generation of indie-rock.
Watch her music video for ‘Heatwave’ and then check out our introducing interview with her below!
1) For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
What’s-up MTV, I’m Lindsey Jordan and I’m from Ellicott City, Maryland. Welcome to my crib! EC is a historic suburb of Baltimore and home to my two beautiful dogs.
2) How would you describe your sound in three words?
Tight, sick, good.
3) Who or what inspired you to start a career in music?
Growing up playing guitar for as long as I can remember and going to shows was a huge influence on wanting to do music as a job. It always just felt like the right thing for me.
4) Name one of the most inspiring shows you’ve ever been to.
It was probably Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at the Lincoln Theater.
5) In our Get to Know piece with Phoebe Bridgers, she named you as one of her current musical influences. Who are your biggest musical influences, past and present?
Lou Reed/TVU, Ought, Big Thief, Gen P. Orridge, Liz Phair, Alvvays, Stephen Steinbrink, Alex G, Paramore, Iceage, Oppenheimer Analysis, Sheryl Crow, Broadcast, John Maus, Mitski, Dean Blunt, Red House, Painters, Weyes Blood, Kurt Vile, Television, Princess Nokia, Gillian Welch, Arthur Russell ETC!
6) Tell us about the writing and recording process for Lush. How did it all come together and how did it differ from the process behind the Habit EP?
I spent about a year and half writing and tweaking the songs on Lush before I was ready to bring them into a studio setting. The actual recording process was over a span of six months, which I used mostly to digest our progress and create space between myself and the songs, in order to objectively edit. Most of the full band tracks were recorded in Woodstock NY, in a farm-based studio and the rest of it was done in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Clinton Hill.
7) For fans who haven’t seen you before, what can we expect from a Snail Mail live show?
A lot of tuning guitars and emotion.
8) Have you had a stand out career highlight so far? If so, what was it?
On our first European tour, most of the shows sold out and everyone knew all of the words to the songs. That was totally unexpected and insane.
9) What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
I really love electronic stuff i.e. minimal synth, ambient, dance as well as some hip hop.
10) When can we next see you live and what’s next on the horizon for you? Are you already starting to think about new material following Lush?
I’m on tour all summer and I think maybe until the end of time? And yes, totally! I like to try to do some iteration of writing every day.
Need to find more upcoming artists? Get to know Alex Cameron in last weeks introducing interview HERE!
Intro words by Alex Beach