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Slow Motion World of Snowpony
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Alternating tones of sexy guitar crunch and shoegazer shimmer within a crackerjack rhythm framework, Snowpony's first full-length release, The Slow-Motion World of Snowpony, slithers into your subconscious with effortless ... more »
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Alternating tones of sexy guitar crunch and shoegazer shimmer within a crackerjack rhythm framework, Snowpony's first full-length release, The Slow-Motion World of Snowpony, slithers into your subconscious with effortless inevitability. Though Snowpony is mostly spoken of as an alternative "supergroup" based on past exploits of its members in such bands as Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine, and Quickspace, one listen to songs like "Snow White," with its horn-sampling, outta-left-field sensibilities, reveals a unique voice yelling back at you. Katherine Gifford's sleepy phrasings and savvy songwriting imbue the music with a vibrant musicianship and benefit greatly from the authoritative, throbbing backbeat provided by Debbie Googe and Max Corradi (since replaced by Kevin Bass). Informed by rolling melodic structures and the guile of seasoned musicianship, Snowpony have laid claim to a sound that belongs only to them, a sound that jumps out from shadows, pulls you to the ground, and engages in tuneful tickle fights. --Matthew Cooke
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An interesting blend
Christopher Kingman | Seattle, WA USA | 02/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"snowpony's music is interesting, if not wholly engaging. it provides the link between the early '90s british alternative "shoegazing" scene and the mid-late '90s trip-hop explorations of the british community. snowpony combine wall-of-sound guitar soundscapes with weird samples and horn loops. with members of stereolab and my bloody valentine, there are obvious comparisons to those bands here, but it's also reminiscent of luscious jackson and solex, while being different enough from its influences to be original. the songs are great examples of pop craft, intelligently constructed with samples and loops as much as with conventional playing. overall, an interesting and satisfying listen. cool bonus: check out the sample of sonic youth's "100%" in "3 can keep a secret (if 2 are dead).""
rgoo242 | 10/01/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, you saw the package design and it said "ex-members of My Bloody Valentine and Stereolab" so you purchased it! Whoa, not exactly the sound you expected was it? This was my experience. I didn't really know if I liked this album because I was sort of expecting Stereolab vocals with My Bloody Valentine music. After listening a few times I decided to let go of my expectations and listen to this album with a new sense of objectivity. It took a few listens before I actually realized how complex this album is! The music is full of nuances that, once discovered, really captivate the listener. Katherine Gifford's vocals seem flat but yet it lends itself to the music by the mere contrast that it is. Snowpony has a unique sound and I would love to hear more from this band."
rgoo242 | Florida | 03/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reading the mixed reviews of this cd I was a little surprised. People seem to have wanted it to be a sound-a-like of Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine. The 2 differ so much I can't see that that is at all realistic. There are influences of both sounds, but this debut stands on its own two feet. It's shoegazing for the post shoegazing era; it's a wall of beautiful noise. I had not listened to it in a few years and rediscovered it while programming music for my online internet radio station, www.radioioROCK.com. I then had to load it into my ipod so I could take with me everywhere, and have started tracks over several times just to hear the intricate manipulation of sounds. Listen to "Easy Way Down", "Way to Survive", and "Snow White" to see why this cd is still amazing after 6 years. MORE than worth checking out."