Aquarius Review of SNICKERS – On The Hi-Fi

S N I C K E R S On The Hi-Fi(Poor L’Amour) 7″

Two new releases from this mysterious two man remote collaboration (actually not so mysterious, half the duo is in fact aQ pal Howard Ryan who also helps run the amazing local co-op bakery Arizmendi, the other being Minneapolis-based Sam Sharp), and while we thought about reviewing them separately, they really are the perfect pair, and odds are if you get one, you’re gonna want the other. The music on both releases is super lo-fi, an avant, abstract, minimal murk pop, that to these ears sounds a bit like Mercury Rev crossed with The Caretaker, wistful psychedelia, all swoonsome melodies and earnest vox, but wreathed in TONS of FX, swaths of blurred reverb, a soft focus haze that renders the whole thing washed out and fantastically faded. Gorgeous indie pop hooks are stretched to their breaking point, and caked in crackle and crunch and hiss. It’s a druggy, woozy, downer melancholia with nods to Sparklehorse, Sentridoh, the Supreme Dicks, and other home brewed pop oddities, a crystalline collection of warble and waver that we’re digging a whole lot. Both are great, so while either are worth it on their own, if you’re not beholden to a specific format, we highly recommend just grabbing both.

Paul Baribeau – Unbearable

There aren’t many people whom I know that have heard of Paul Baribeau, but the ones who do love his music. Unbearable is his record from 2010. The production is pretty simple. One guitar and a voice (sometimes overdubbed). The songs are lovely, whimsical and personal. After one listen all the songs feel like you’ve heard them a hundred times. Baribeau has a remarkable pop sensibility and pulls you in immediately to his world of the simple. The songs feel nostalgic as if they are being written years after the events of the song, which eases the harshness of some of the pain in the songs as well as looking at the joy with a sense of objectivity. Check this record out as well as his others. It’s just fun music for walking around the neighborhood and listening to the words again. Below is a live living room performance of Rolling clouds from Unbearable. Enjoy!