Listen to a new track from Maryland's Snail Mail.
Something that is terribly hard to get used to when you graduate and enter "adulthood" is the lack of summer vacation. It's difficult to feel the same excitement when June rolls around if you just have to keep on working as if nothing has changed. Sure, being a real person has its benefits, but it's hard not to feel nostalgic for the youthful days of wasting time at a summer job, drinking in fields with friends, and waiting for something, anything to happen. Snail Mail's debut EP, Habit, feels like the musical embodiment of these lazy, hazy times gone past. The album evokes that familiar feeling of being somewhat lost and restless, but finding unexpected magic along the way. This might have to do with the fact that vocalist Lindsey Jordan wrote the album while residing in the suburbs of Maryland (some of it literally when she was on break from school), spending time shuffling between D.C. and Baltimore to attend and play shows. During this time she met fellow bandmate Shawn Durham and the two worked together to translate suburban discontent into something uniquely beautiful.
Habit will officially be released on July 12 on DMV-based band champions Sister Polygon Records, but you can listen to opening track "Thinning" today. The song sounds like it could have been plucked from the melancholic indie pop bands that sprung up in the D.C. and Maryland-area in the late eighties and early nineties. Jordan wrote "Thinning" while undergoing a personal period of both sickness and boredom, but she works through these confusing and complicated emotions over unexpectedly bright guitars that gain momentum over three minutes. It doesn't matter what point you're at in life, adult or teen, you can easily both fall for and relate to Jordan's talented songwriting. You can listen to "Thinning" below and read Jordan's words on the song.
Lindsey Jordan on "Thinning"
"I wrote it about just like having a low point in the middle of this year where I was really sick and not eating but it was written to be like a fun song, which is kinda weird when I take a step back and think about it lol. Just like really physically sick and bored with my environment."
Listen to Snail Mail on soundcloud.
Written by Emily Thompson