It’s easy to see song titles like “Pray for Surf” and “Unsurfed Waves” and assume the new LP from Snowblink – the darling duo Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman – is another sun-kissed love affair driven by pristine female vocals.
Thankfully, the colder tones and fragile melodies Daniella and Dan navigate are much more rewarding than yet another hunt for the endless summer or beach blanket bingo.
The atmospheric melodies and Daniella’s open ended exploration of the human condition on Inner Classics is more a display of respect for the power of nature and the world that surrounds her than simply hoping to ride over top of it.
There’s something humble about accepting your own insignificant place in this universe, a thought explored by endless philosophers/survivalists and any teenagers that heads West to plant trees and smoke weed, but Snowblink approaches the simple premise in a more inclusive manner. There’s more at play here than just a woman impacted by her surroundings, as a strong voice and courageous (and very beautiful) sonic choices invite everyone to experience the same feelings. While these songs succumb to the forces of nature, the duo never ventures into a Thoreau like solitude or challenge of self.
Daniella’s voice could stand alone and shine over any of the banal jazz/pop melodies that are so ubiquitous in today’s sound. She has the depth and character to handle open space (which she proves on “Goodbye Eyes”), but the way she moves around the surprisingly diverse, understated arrangements is what makes Inner Classics a cotillion of sorts.
Long Live was an overlooked collection of art/folk songs, but with Inner Classics the band announces itself into the Canadian scene with class and grace.
The percussion, blasts of electric guitar, and swells of textures allow Snowblink to replicate the opposing urgency and serenity of ocean tides and the power each possesses. It’s easy to sit down and silently let the sounds wash gently over you, or be bombarded with shocking impact. These songs breath and move with the moon.