Snowmine
Laminate Pet Animal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
November 6th, 2012 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 2011's sleeper hit holds up remarkably well over a year later.

How to make a sleeper hit in 2011.

Step 1: Give people the option of downloading your album for free. Everyone and their mother gets music for nothing nowadays, but they’re rather do it legally and tend to warm to the bands that allow them to. Step 2: Have an interesting and appealing album cover. The first opinion of an album is usually from the image on the front, so like it or not it’s aesthetics that decide whether you listen to something or not. Step 3: Make a ***ing good album. That’s what Snowmine did.

Probably best placed under the ever “iffy” label of indie-pop, Snowmine like to make catchy songs with a rich, almost bestial atmosphere; and plenty piled on top of the guitar/drums/synth setup that the genre has now made cliche. Echoes and electro-acoustic soundscapes that subtly cower throughout the album convey the sense that Laminate Pet Animal is far more than the caged up creature many of us were expecting. In fact, with Snowmine’s penchant for mixing quiet lulls with explosive choruses, it’s much more likely to be loping through fields: charged full of energy. Songs are dense and filled to the brim with far more layers than the average 5-piece band is able to supply, so on top of bouncing guitar riffs and powerful percussion you could have a mixture of strings, vocal harmonies or even horns if the mood calls for it.

This kind of stuff is probably expected if you chose a classical composer as your frontman. Songs are tight to a t and charmingly inventive: with ‘Danger in the Snow!’ using a coupling of foreground bass and horns for its celebratory emotional outburst after each chorus, and ‘Piece of Your Pie’ utilising distorted vocals -off all things- as its main melody. An endearing display of style in an age where everything’s a remix. Sanders’ voice also happens to be surprisingly sweet, yet distinctive in a very clean-cut but not sickly way. Perfect for the medium, then, with charming but slightly nonsensical lyrics to match.

This is definitely more of a musical album than a lyrical one, however, as it’s the culmination of the little tips and flurries that helps to distinguish the album in the first place: from that fantastic switch to a more urgent mood towards the end of ‘Hologram’ to the way ‘Beast in Air, Beast in Water’ slowly adapts film score-esque strings. Everyone will have their favourite song and then even their favourite part of a song; what marks Laminate Pet Animal as so special is that this will be different for everyone. This is certainly an album that deserves its relative success, and for those who are yet to hear it: make sure to change that. The follow up is out soon.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Original: http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/
Bandcamp: http://snowmine.bandcamp.com/

No fuss. Good night Sputnik, there's nothing like reviewing at 1am.

mindleviticus
November 5th 2012


8232 Comments


aww yeah great review, jonny. love this album.

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CaptainDooRight
November 5th 2012


29149 Comments


U R THA SHIT

POS

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Rev
November 5th 2012


9423 Comments


great review, I heard this for the first time today



it's like if Grizzly Bear's new album was good

mindleviticus
November 5th 2012


8232 Comments


"it's like if Grizzly Bear's new album was good"


I thought you liked that album

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better late than never, ey?

Thanks guys. I need to collapse now.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2012


3450 Comments


Nice work as always Jonny, have a pos. May check this out but I've got a terrible week coming up not least of which is writing
two reviews for albums I've barely heard

Rev
November 5th 2012


9423 Comments


I thought you liked that album

I gave it a 3

it's grown off me a bit more since then. it's just a big pile of meh

Eclecticist
November 5th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a solid review for a solid release.

mindleviticus
November 5th 2012


8232 Comments


"it's just a big pile of meh"


oh totally

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 5th 2012


10594 Comments


Nice write up, bud. I've been digging this like crazy lately. Perhaps to coincided with them visiting my city next wednesday??

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Ethics
November 5th 2012


4112 Comments


album is the most solid 4 i've ever given

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 5th 2012


10594 Comments


yeah tracks 1,5,and 9 are wonderful

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Perhaps to coincided with them visiting my city next wednesday??"

Still jealous to the point of rage.

chambered49
November 6th 2012


1727 Comments


need this good review sir

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't even listened to it yet.

Ethics
November 6th 2012


4112 Comments


lol wtf

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2012


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"you won't dig it it's not pretentious enough for you"

most likely, yeh

EaglesBecomeVultures
January 9th 2013


5242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still rules!

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2013


16027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sweet album. Glad you gave it a review because the other one was shit.

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