Snail Mail - Lush
Do you remember when debut albums by up and coming indie acts weren't lo-fi? In the days before recording in your bedroom became a badge of honour? If you do, and have fond memories, then Lindsey Jordan (aka Snail Mail) is going to make you very happy indeed. On Lush the 18-year-old from Maryland has made the kind of debut album that would have been fuzzy and poorly recorded a couple of years ago, but in her hands is clean, cool, and riffy.
With proper grunge-lite guitar melodies, and Jordan's voice blending perfectly, there's something of the early Foo Fighters to her melodies, though the real comparison is likely to be found in some of the more authentic indie-rock of the early 90s. Maybe not quite as stadium ready, but tracks like 'Pristine' and 'Speaking Terms' have a care and attention to them that belie her years. Using the eternally classic combo of bass, drums, guitar and vocals, Lush tackles the major and minor issues of teenage life.
The nuances in pace, timing, and lyrics make it such a delight, 'Stick' slow right down before 'Let's Find An Out' deconstructs a relationship ending with a delicate touch. So it's pretty good then, will you hear a better debut this year? Probably not, and that's fine with us.