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The sparse folk of Snowblink‘s first album is well suited for the sunny breeze of singer Daniela Gesundheit’s California home, but there’s an icy suspension to it too, making it just as appropriate for her adopted hometown right here in Toronto.
Coming out next week on Out of This Spark, the Toronto connection isn’t only found in the fact that Gesundheit spends time in local band Bruce Peninsula, or that the duo is completed by Luxury Pond’s Dan Goldman, nor even that Snowblink has toured with the likes of local heroes Owen Pallett, Timber Timbre, Apostle of Hustle, and The Hidden Cameras, but also that these small songs sound like an amalgamation of parts from all of these and more (Feist is an easy, but not inaccurate, comparison).
The songs on Long Live are so delicate in their intricate little arrangements, so quiet and restrained, but in the eccentric quirks of “Rut and Nuzzle” (streaming above) or the beautiful melody of “Ambergis,” starting right off the top with the lilting guitar, they also always feels abundant. Warmth and chill take turns weaving through every song, like in the distant reverb and waltzing cadence of “Sea Change,” or in the big male group vocals and aching, plucking strings of “Stand Where a Fruit Tree Drops What it Doesn’t Need.”
This is no amateur stuff. It takes more than one listen to hear the details but once they start to unravel, Long Live keeps giving more and more. With collaborations and guest appearances by members of American indie elites Deerhoof and the Dirty Projectors, among others, it’s not hard to imagine that this album will find an audience as big as these deceivingly small-sounding songs.