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Fresh Snow - Won

by Andy Brown Rating:7 Release Date:2015-09-11

Although only clocking in at just over 30 minutes long Fresh Snow’s Won is a sprawling and stylistically diverse listen. The five tracks shift effortlessly between hypnotic electronica, swirling psychedelia, dream-pop melodies and screaming, apocalyptic crescendos. The Canadian four-piece recall the likes of Teeth of the Sea in their ambitious, unrestrained approach to all things ‘post-rock’.

Just listen to the admittedly ridiculously named instrumental ‘King Twink Rides Again’ as it builds momentum through its motorik heartbeat before bursting into a flurry of horns and euphoric noise. It’s akin to watching a brightly coloured Piñata burst in slow motion, its sugary treasure spilling out onto the street.  

If anything, second track ‘Proper Burial’ is even more impressive. Starting with a sinister, almost industrial throb the track transforms into something else altogether with the arrival of guest vocalist, Carmen Elle. Elle usually sings in synth-pop outfit Diana and her smooth, gentle vocals bring a warmness and fragility to the bands shifting sonic palette, at times recalling the dreamy haze of Trish Keenan and Broadcast.

‘Blood in the Sun’ begins with a submerged, plaintive piano before exploding into a 100mph gallop. Guitar heroics, thundering drums and ear-pummelling noise levels combine to make a visceral, heart-racing piece of rock that’s over all-too-quickly. ‘Delft’ slows things down with a graceful, post-rock glide through serene, Mogwai-esque soundscapes; the last chance to get your breath back before the albums final offering.

‘Don’t Fuck a Gift Horse in the Mouth’ (hm, not the nicest of images there) weighs in at a substantial 10 minutes long and see’s the band wrap things up in suitably dramatic style. The track has a relentless, krautrock-indebted urgency that see’s the band absolutely soar. We’re about four minutes in when Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham makes a typically raw voiced appearance. Abraham’s vocals only partly work for me, lacking any kind of distinctive message that would make his presence feel essential. Having said this, the track remains an undeniably thrilling piece of noise.

There’s so much ‘post-rock’ out there that sometimes it’s difficult to wade through it all and find the really worthwhile stuff. So while not being a million miles away from their sonic forbearers, Fresh Snow has enough impetus and originality to make them wholly worthy of your time and hard earned cash. A band with a big sound and even bigger ideas, it’ll be exciting to see where they go next. 

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