event

AEG Presents

Snail Mail

with Spencer, Hotline TNT
Dec, 13 @ 7:00 pm ( Doors: 7:00 pm )
Majestic Theatre
All Ages
$23 Adv./ $28 Day of
All Ages
Additional Info
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Artists
Snail Mail

On her 2018 debut album Lush, seventeen-year-old Lindsey Jordan sang “I’m in full control / I’m not lost / Even when it’s love / Even when it’s not”. Her natural ability to be many things at once resonated with a lot of people. The contradiction of confidence and vulnerability, power and delicacy, had the impact of a wrecking ball when put to tape. It was an impressive and unequivocal career-making moment for Jordan. 

On Valentine, her sophomore album out November 5th on Matador, Lindsey solidifies and defines this trajectory in a blaze of glory. In 10 songs, written over 2019-2020 by Jordan alone, we are taken on an adrenalizing odyssey of genuine originality in an era in which "indie" music has been reduced to gentle, homogenous pop composed mostly by ghost writers. Made with careful precision, Valentine shows an artist who has chosen to take her time. The reference points are broad and psychically stirring, while the lyrics build masterfully on the foundation set by Jordan’s first record to deliver a deeper understanding of heartbreak.

On “Ben Franklin”, the second single of the album, Jordan sings “Moved on, but nothing feels true / Sometimes I hate her just for not being you / Post rehab I’ve been feeling so small / I miss your attention, I wish I could call”. It’s here that she mourns a lost love, conceding the true nature of a fleeting romantic tie-up and ultimately, referencing a stay in a recovery facility in Arizona. This 45-day interlude followed issues stemming from a young life colliding with sudden fame and success. Since she was not allowed to bring her instruments or recording equipment, Jordan began tabulating the new album arrangements on paper solely out of memory and imagination. It was after this choice to take radical action that Valentine really took its unique shape.

Jordan took her newfound sense of clarity and calm to Durham, North Carolina, along with the bones of a new album. Here she worked with Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee). For all the album’s vastness and gravity, it was in this small home studio that Jordan and Cook chipped away over the winter of early 2021 at co-producing a dynamic collection of genre-melding new songs, finishing it triumphantly in the spring. They were assisted by longtime bandmates Ray Brown and Alex Bass, as well as engineer Alex Farrar, with a live string section added later at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond.

Leaning more heavily into samples and synthesizers, the album hinges on a handful of remarkably untraditional pop songs. The first few seconds of opener and title track ‘Valentine’ see whispered voice and eerie sci-fi synth erupt into a stadium-sized, endorphin-rush of a chorus that is an overwhelming statement of intent. “Ben Franklin”, “Forever (Sailing)” and “Madonna” take imaginative routes to the highest peaks of catchiness. Jordan has always sung with a depth of intensity and conviction, and the climactic pop moments on Valentine are delivered with such a tenet and a darkness and a beauty that’s noisy and guttural, taking on the singularity that usually comes from a veteran artist.

As captivating as the synth-driven songs are, it’s the more delicate moments like “Light Blue”, “c.et. al.” and “Mia” that distill the albums range and depth. “Baby blue, I’m so behind / Can’t make sense of the faces in and out of my life / Whirling above our daily routines / Both buried in problems, baby, honestly” Jordan sings on “c. et. al.” with a devastating certainty. These more ethereal, dextrously finger-picked folk songs peppered in throughout the album are nuanced in their vocal delivery and confident in their intricate arrangement. They come in like a breath of air, a moment to let the mind wander, but quickly drown the listener in their melodic alchemy and lyrical punch. 

The album is rounded out radiantly by guitar-driven rock songs like “Automate”, “Glory” and “Headlock”. Reminiscent of Lush but with a marked tonal shift, Jordan again shows her prowess as a guitar player with chorus-y leads and rhythmic, wall-of-sound riffs. “Headlock” highlights this pivot with high-pitched dissonance and celestially affected lead parts – “Can’t go out I’m tethered to / Another world where we’re together / Are you lost in it too?”, she sings with grit and fatigue, building so poignantly on her sturdy foundation of out-and-out melancholy. On Valentine, we are taken 100 miles deeper into the world Jordan created with Lush, led through passageways and around dark corners, landing somewhere we never dreamed existed. 

Today, in the wake of recording Valentine, Jordan is focused on trying to continue healing without slowing down. The album comes in the midst of so much growth, in the fertile soil of a harrowing bottom-out. On the heels of life-altering success, a painful breakup and 6 weeks in treatment, Jordan appears vibrant and sharp. “Mia, don’t cry / I love you forever / But I gotta grow up now / No I can’t keep holding onto you anymore” she sings on the album closer “Mia”. She sings softly but her voice cuts through like a hacksaw. The song is lamenting a lost love, saying a somber goodbye, and it closes the door on a bitter cold season for Jordan. Leaving room for a long and storied path, Valentine is somehow a jolt and a lovebuzz all at once.

- Katie Crutchfield
 
Spencer
Out of a Bed-Stuy apartment, Spencer. sings, creates beats, and plays everything from piano, guitar,
bass, and drums to trumpet himself (all the while producing and recording too!). This process shaped his
2021 full-length debut album, Are U Down? [4AD]. Zooming out, it all happened within a Brooklyn
enclave alongside Clairo, Snail Mail, Claud, Cautious Clay, and Triathalon. Even among outliers, Spencer.
still differentiates himself as a dynamic vocalist, precise multi-instrumentalist, acute producer, and
unpredictable presence. In some ways, he’s been working towards an artistic statement of this
magnitude since his childhood. Growing up in Rochester, NY, he excelled at trumpet and learned piano
at a young age. During his teens, he landed a spot in a coveted summer jazz program at Eastman
School of Music. Working out of his parents’ basement, he gained traction with a string of independent
anthems such as “Want U Back,” “Automatic,” “To Be You,” and more. Receiving critical acclaim,
Buzzfeed crowned him at #1 on their list of Black indie artists and Consequence of Sound christened
him “a rising star worth watching,” while Coup de Main pegged him among the “2020 Must-Know.”
Lyrical Lemonade predicted, “he’s destined for big things because he moves differently” while Pigeons &
Planes said he “takes things to the next level.”

Following a 2020 European tour, he had planned on staying in London to write, but COVID-19 had other
plans. So, he did what he does best and started to write and record again. By the time July rolled
around, he returned to Brooklyn and assembled Are U Down? in the middle of quarantine summer.
Starting a new season, he introduces the album with the first single “Lonely As I Ever Was.”
Hotline TNT
Hotline TNT is the most 90s band of the 21st century so far. It is a pop music group of no certain allegiance or denomination. The songs are for all ages, but many fans are forced to watch the band behind their parents' backs. Their records are all self-released but easy to find; many people who come across the 7"s immediately turn them into weapons.
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