Snowmine (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Ambient Psych Pop
This five-piece outfit creates layered soundscapes that would be right at home as the accompaniment to a dreamy coming-of-age drama set in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Frontman Grayson Sanders is a classically trained musician and composer with a soft spot for “Stravinsky, Ravel, Bartok, Ligeti and Autechre,” influences that clearly color the band’s 2011 full-length debut, Laminate Pet Animal, a head trip that envelops one’s senses via Afro beats, chiming guitars, mood-altering strings and Sanders’ versatile, high-pitched croon. Snowmine is currently working on a full-length follow-up; in the meantime, they’ve dropped a few teasers, including the recent single “Saucer Eyes,” which, via its angular guitars and twinkling keyboards, sounds like Interpol without the desolation.
YDIIYD: Phoenix via a Sofia Coppola soundtrack, Sigur Ros, Interpol. (Jason Gargano)