We are aware that Lush by indie musician, Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) has been receiving tons of publicity and great reviews (80 score on Metacritic). Sometimes the hype around an album and performer is justified, and we felt it was worth it to bring this album to your attention.
Our review format: The format is a straight forward expression of 5 separate thoughts. The best comparison would be to 5 text messages about a concert or album from your friend to you. Some messages may be only one or two words, some may be run-on sentences, and some may be paragraphs. We do promise not to ramble on and drift off topic like a text from your favorite grandparent.
RIYL: Liz Phair, Courtney Barnett, Vagabon, Soccer Mommy, Lily Allen
Pseudo Genre: Emo indie pop
1. Despite being only 19 (she was 18 when the album came out), this is Lindsey Jordan’s is not brand new to the music scene. She made a big splash at SXSW 2017 and has had a NY Times Profile story written about her. This album demonstrates a maturity and skill set well beyond her chronological years. It is clearly influenced by Mary Timony (From bands Ex Hex, Wild Flag, Helium, etc) from whom Lindsey used to take music lessons.
2. The songs definitely focus on the theme of young relationships and the innocence of youth. These lyrics help to demonstrate:
--From “Pristine”: “Don’t you like me for me?/Is there any better feeling than coming clean?/And I know myself and I’ll never love anyone else.”
--On “Heat Wave” she discusses one night stands, and wanting it all to end (a theme borrowed directly from her idol, Liz Phair’s “Fuck and Run”: “I’m so tired of moving on/Spending every weekend so far gone/Heat wave, nothing to do/Woke up in my clothes having dreamt of you”
--Lindsey touches on a Summer romance in “Let’s Find an Out”, a song that she has stated is her favorite from the album: ”June's glowing red/Oh strawberry moon/You're always coming back a little older/But it looks alright on you”
3. It is her interesting guitar play and powerful, yet restrained vocals, that combine to create such an enjoyable album.
4. This album is a great escape from the issues of the world and though it is in many ways simplistic, it is easy to become lost in the music. We have spent a few days floating in pool with Lush on repeat.
5. We certainly hope that this album is just the start of great things to come. Snail Mail has the potential to grow and mature, which ironic considering the band’s namesake is nearly completely replaced by email.
Here you can listen to “Pristine” with a lyric video followed by the official video for “Heat Wave”.