by Robert Bell
Being that SXSW is going on and therefore lots of Brooklyn groups are going to be coming through town on their way to or from Austin over the next week or so, I'm going to briefly suspend my Personal Rule No. 14: "If Your Band is From Brooklyn, Then I Don't Care About Your Band."
Snowmine is a Brooklyn band that creates lush, chiming orchestral pop with Shins-y (Fleet Fox-worthy, even) singing, the occasional wiggy keyboard squiggle and a tiny smidgen of psychedelia blurring the edges of the whole thing, but not so much that you get freaked out. Think Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, perhaps the less lysergic-world-music side of Yeasayer. There are also moments that recall pre-Gen Y sounds, such as the Talking Heads vibe on "The Hill," from the band's 2011 long player "Laminate Pet Animal."
It's pleasant sounding, innocuous stuff that your parent or parents probably won't balk at too hard during those long car rides in between campus visits to tony private colleges this spring.
Also performing at this 18-and-older show is Brooklyn's Spanish Prisoners, who swim in the same waters. They play self-described "tremolo-haze headphone symphonies." Knox Hamilton opens the show. Snowmine and Spanish Prisoners also play Monday at Conway's Ford Theater at 9 p.m.
Check out the Snowmine track "Curfews" after the jump.