Snow Image
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  • Summary: The indie rock/slowcore band returns with its first new release in nine years which was written over that course of time between albums.
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  1. Apr 28, 2017
    82
    There really isn’t room to talk about a lot of things--each subject they approach is weighty and broad enough on its own--but on Snow, The New Year takes those dark, hidden feelings and makes them joyous.
  2. May 16, 2017
    80
    Heavy and heartbreaking, teeming with a warm, analog energy, Snow looks backward at each defining element that made the band so memorable to begin with. But like many of the best moments, maybe you just had to be there.
  3. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    Taken without context, Snow is a gorgeous collection of slow-burning, neatly groomed songs and perspectives, always introspective but never without joy. When viewed as another chapter in the ongoing lineage of the Kadane brothers, it takes on a deeper gravity.
  4. Aug 31, 2017
    80
    Instead of dramatic tempo shifts or sing-along choruses, the songs rely on subtle texture and tempo changes that, in context, wind up carrying far more weight than they would in another setting.
  5. Apr 28, 2017
    74
    There’s a moment in virtually every song where a single loose strand seems to break free and float skyward and it’s there, in the languid sway, where Snow truly takes hold.
  6. Apr 28, 2017
    74
    It’s a consistently, gorgeously understated record.
  7. Apr 28, 2017
    67
    It’s unmistakably a New Year album, and a decent one at that, but it doesn’t do much to distinguish itself.

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  1. Jun 23, 2017
    10
    Potentially The New Year's most eclectic album to date. I immediately latched on to the more familiar styled songs, but within a few days, I'dPotentially The New Year's most eclectic album to date. I immediately latched on to the more familiar styled songs, but within a few days, I'd embraced the entire album. Really amazing work from one of the most influential indie bands of the last 20 years. This album should not be missed. Expand
  2. May 1, 2017
    9
    Like the past three New Year albums (and the three Bedhead albums before that), this is full of gorgeous guitar lines and deadpan vocals. ILike the past three New Year albums (and the three Bedhead albums before that), this is full of gorgeous guitar lines and deadpan vocals. I wasn't sure where it fit amidst their other albums, but after a dozen or so listens I think it might be one of their best. The increased use of keyboards (first really explored on their self-titled album from almost a decade ago) sounds great here. It's a remarkably solid collection of songs, but standouts have to be "The Beast," "Mayday," "Recent History," and "Myths." Or anything else on the album, really. Expand