"Jordan Jeffares never intended to leave a six-year gap between his debut and followup records. He released Anti-Anti in 2006 with his band, Snowden. However, after a year of touring behind the album, he had a fallout with his label that kept him out of the studio while his contract slowly expired. In the meantime, Jeffares kept writing as he moved from one cultural hub to another – from his Atlanta home, to Chicago, to Brooklyn, and ultimately settling (for now) in Austin, TX.
Now, finally, he’s prepped his sophomore album, No One In Control, for a May 14th release on Kings of Leon’s label, Serpents & Snakes. Even after all that time, the record picks up largely where Anti-Anti left off.
Jeffares’ songwriting skills manage to turn Interpol-gloom into something simultaneously dark and highly-danceable. Take lead single “The Beat Comes”, where familiar buzzing screeches out over dizzying synths as Jeffares half-drones, “Bop your head till the beats comes/keep your mouth off the canon/I shiver down south/there’s no way to go back now.”
Those reverberating doldrums remain present on other standouts like “So Red” and “Not Good Enough”, but even the latter track is more than mere gloom with its refrain of “que sera sera“. Then, there’s the release-beckoning “Hiss”, where Jeffares calls, “Put your pride away/stay and dance with me/stay and dance with me!” And that’s what makes Snowden’s long-awaited return so compelling: even if it’s still overcast, they’re not going to let it get them all depressed for long." - Ben Kaye / Consequence Of Sound
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I think I listened to this album 500+ times, I don't know. Bought the CD back in Japan when it came out and obsessed over it for months, years. It didn't get the praise it deserved but 15 years on it's still one of my favorite things in the world. Fabio Viola
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It’s so hard to express in a mere 500 characters how much I love this album and how much it means to me. These songs have really gotten me through the toughest stuff I’ve gone through in a long time. Sometimes all we need is some empathy and “Deceiver” has done it’s fair share of that. “Horsehead” and “For The Guilty” especially… I say without a doubt, one of my favorite albums of all time. So excited to see what this band continues to whip up! Artistic ADHD
Culled from unreleased recordings from her recent "Light Sleep" and "Voice Hardcore" releases, Hiromi Moritani's latest showcases the softer, less harrowing side of Phew’s sound Bandcamp Album of the Day Sep 2, 2020