Snails- Talking To Anthony Clear Vinyl UK 7" GPS117
Up next on London’s mysterious Feral Child imprint, is the magnificent debut LP from Bristol’s SNAILS “Safe in Silence”. A beautifully consistent full length which more than builds on the early promise shown on the bands two 45s for The Great Pop Supplement label over the last couple of years.
“Succulently wrapped in a classically toned pop vintage that cools with a deceptively soft stroke of 60’s psych pop bubble grooves. Its not brash, its far from wannabe and neither is it immediate like a rash. Instead ‘Safe in Silence’ is coolly assured, it doesn’t see the point in shouting and rudely vying for your attention, rather more it hangs about quietly at the back of the queue shyly hoping to catch your ear, and when it does, between you and me, lets just say that this might well be making a bid for one of the albums of the year. A very special album indeed.”
The Sunday Experience.
In main songwriter Dan Weltman’s words: “I wrote the songs for the album in a careful and considered way, but for the recording we went into the studio and put them all down very quickly. That contrast suited the band and myself very well, leaving space for playfulness and making quick and reckless decisions on the spot. I sipped whiskey, the other members mainly drank herbal teas. I wanted a lush and expansive sound for some of the tracks, and writing the orchestrations was a great excuse not just to pretend that I was working on Pet Sounds, but to call up friends from various other Bristol bands to help in the studio on terrible rates of pay.
The songs themselves were approached like a series of short stories. I stole equally from my friends' lives and my own, in a kind of desperate attempt to elevate our experiences above the mundane. But from those starting points, an internal narrative of its own would inevitably emerge and take an unexpected turn. And while writing them, I’m unashamedly trying to manipulate my audience’s emotions to reflect mine, to make them cry with joy or regret, or remember falling in love. Recurring themes appeared – of loneliness, disappointment and misplaced love, but then with a nice melody underneath none of it seems quite so bad.”