Snowden’s 2006 debut full-length Anti-Anti fit comfortably alongside the dance-rock/post-punk strains dotting playlists then, but beneath the genre bend on their album’s best cut — on songs like “Like Bullets” and the title track — they were mining emotional heft from disaffected lyrics and characters, a songwriting sleight of hand distinct from certain more fashionable flavors of those months. This year they’re back, with the new five-song EP Slow Soft Syrup and a full album due in the coming months. The sound on lead single “Don’t Really Know Me” shows familiar roots — atmospheric guitars, an electronic drum, a vocal both beguiling and glum — but there’s growth in the emotion, if not the motion. Once singer Jordan Jeffares was despondent (“We are anti movements, we are anti-anti / One time we believed but now we don’t even try”), now his scab’s been picked and he’s trying just to hold it all down:”Valium in volumes I thought I found a cure for my problems / Where I bleed from my sleeve, and it pours on everyone that I meet.” As an appetizer of what’s to come, song-wise, it’s catchy and promising; speaking in terms of his emotional state is another matter entirely.
Download the Slow Soft Syrup EP for an email addy (or, donation) via their site. (The swelling seven-minute opener “No One In Control” is worth it alone.) The set features four originals and a cover of Love And Rockets’ “No Words No More.” Snowden’s second full-length is slated for later this year.