Review: Bedroom indie artist Snail Mail returns to Birmingham

Words by Sophie Hack.

Its’ been around eight months since Baltimore based Lindsey Jordan, who goes under the name Snail Mail, performed in the exact same room at the Hare and Hounds. Now, on a tour that one would assume to be a warm up for new material, Jordan brought back that bedroom indie charm that catapulted her debut album into the spotlight, with a gig on the same stage on Monday, June 3rd.

London’s Liz Lawrence opened the show with triumphant affirmations laden in sweet indie hooks. The heartbreak anthem of an opener fits in with Snail Mail’s thematic break up tracks, and although Liz Lawrence may come across meek and mild, her voice directs as she jumps into a dynamic drum machine beats on newest single ‘The Good Part’. Her music is DIY, but content in its positioning, whilst Lawrence croons ‘none of my friends are okay’ and ‘I want to be strong’ throughout her wistful bedroom indie jams. There’s a clarity in her lyricism that sees things from a new, rising perspective making for indie music with integrity and heart.

Snail Mail introduced themselves with a tightly knit, instrumental jam, one that flickered between an atmospheric build up and phasing, spacey pitch shifting. Jordan, along with a full band including a friend India who enjoyed her first ever time on stage, jumped into fan favourite ‘Heatwave’. Jordan’s lyrics are breathy and elongated, building up to the hums and murmurs that make Snail Mail’s music so distinguished. Jordan and her band plough through ‘Habit’ EP tracks ‘Dirt’, ‘Slug’ and ‘Thinning’ before softly landing into ‘Golden Dream’ with no pause or introduction.

Every note, muted drum beat and subdued bass line click into place naturally, the band harmonious as they melt from the melancholic ‘Speaking Terms’ into ‘Let’s Find An Out’. The set throughout is polished and well practiced, but still hanging on to this moody sense of heartbreak that grips Snail Mail fans with every listen. ‘Deep Sea Dive’ is welcomed with glowing blue lights as Jordan frowns, brow furrowed before thinking of the next few notes. The almost hour long gig ends with a one her breakout singles ‘Pristine’ before a cover of Courtney Love’s ‘Second Most Beautiful Girl In The World’, finishing with only Jordan herself on stage without a much anticipated encore.

In a set many were convinced would be littered with new material (and wasn’t), it’s more evident than ever that Snail Mail has latched onto the charming and much loved bedroom indie pop that has snuck its way out of the 4-track tape recorders and into large recording studios.  Snail Mail’s brand of indie is infectious, keeping fans coming back for more, however new music seems to be coming at a Snail’s pace.

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