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Guitar Whiz: Snail Mail – “Heat Wave”

  • June 10, 2018
  • 2 min read
Guitar Whiz:  Snail Mail – “Heat Wave”

Snail Mail

“Heat Wave”


Amazing.  This 18 year old named Lindsay Jordan has released her debut album that is just amazingly deep and well thought-out,  a collection of 10 lucid guitar-pop songs that show off her her classically-trained guitar skills, structural know-how, plus an ability to express the inquisitiveness and confident insecurity of youth with a surprising sophistication.  Not since Lorde and sOAk’s deput albums has someone so young knocked the puck into the net so quickly (hockey, I think).  This woman has become one of my new favorites.  Her guitar playing throws me completely for a loop.  How can one be so great?  And her lyrics are wonderful.  Read the lyrics for “Heat Wave”:

[Verse 1]
I’m so tired of moving on
Spending every weekend so far gone
Heat wave, nothing to do
Woke up in my clothes having dreamt of you

[Verse 2]
Swirl in the white evening sun
Tell me that I’m the only one
And I hope I never get a clue
Green eyes, I don’t know what to do

And I hope whoever it is
Holds their breath around you
‘Cause I know I did

And otherwise
If only sometimes
Would you give it up, green eyes?

[Verse 3]
Passing phases wear you thin
Same old world that you’ve been sleeping in
And I hope it never spends you up
Green eyes, what could ever be enough?

I am so glad my friend introduced me to Snail Mail.  She is that good.


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