The quiet, reflective and reverberated voice of Liam “Snowy” Halliwell glides over the gentle guitars in Snowy Band‘s beautiful new single ‘Whatever You Want’. There is a luminescent glow to the track: burnished by the glorious backing vocals and the guitar lines that follow the melody like a glove. There a yearning dream pop reverie compounded by the hypnotic circular musical base: giving it an air of tranquility and pose.
The themes are dark and poignant – according to the band, the track:
…explores the extremes we are capable of in the name of love. It’s seemingly heart-warming chorus – which arrived fully formed upon waking one morning, then quickly recorded as a phone voice memo – is betrayed with darker verses (“Swore I would kill for you / Whatever you ask me to”). Despite all of the song’s hyperbole of devotion it is undercut by the opening line “I’ve got a history / That cannot help repeating” suggesting these are patterns of destruction. The song was inspired itself by recurring anxiety dreams; running late to catch doomed flights and trains, trying in vain to perform unmemorised lines onstage, endlessly checking into shared accomodation of tiny rooms stacked with children’s bunk-beds. “I’ve seen / The Airbnb where I die in my sleep” is the songs bleak premonition, an unremarkable death in the depths of the gig economy. Not even nearly as romantic as a classic overdose in a hotel room.
On this evidence, Snowy Band are something quite special: intelligent, thoughtful lyrics matched with an ambient instrumentation and melody.
Snowy Band are Liam ‘Snowy’ Halliwell, Nat Pavlovic, Emma Russack, and Dylan Young.
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