Snail Mail - Valentine - LP
1 Lp - indie gold vinyl
"Valentine" is the hugely anticipated follow up to Snail Mail's first full length, "Lush". "Valentine" was written and produced by 22-year-old Lindsey Jordan and co-produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee) in 2019-2020. The album is filled with romance, heartbreak, blood, sweat and tears.
But "Valentine" is poised and self-possessed, channelling anger and dejection into empowering revenge fantasies and rewriting the narrative of its own fate. Stitched throughout it is the melodrama and the camp Jordan so deftly utilizes to offset her pain. The sonic leap forward can be heard from the first moments of the title track - the whispered voice and eerie sci-fi synths erupting into a full-on stadium-sized adrenaline-rush of a chorus.
From there it's all go - with digitized electronic inflected anthems, swooning baroque FM rockers, smouldering slow-jam R&B, and some of the most gorgeous and heart-rending finger-picked guitar ballads this side of Elliott Smith. The star of the show however is Lindsey's voice - no longer the prodigal wunderkind, her vocals and words are rawer, deeper, snarlier and more feeling than ever before.