ARTIST: SNOWGOOSE

TITLE: THE MAKING OF YOU

LABEL: GLASS MODERN RECORDS

RATING: 8.5/10

WORDS: HOLLY HAMMOND

Snowgoose have done an incredible thing with The Making Of You by being able to appeal to old-school folk-rock fans whilst simultaneously bringing something new to the table to cement themselves as something truly special. Following on from their 2012 critically acclaimed debut album “Harmony Springs”, Snowgoose have created something equally, if not more commendable with The Making Of You.There are clear influences from the band’s Anglo-Scottish heritage combined with enchanting folk-rock to create an album that is unique whilst sparking nostalgia of earlier folk music.

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he title track is perhaps more typical of the folk genre whilst being driven by emotion and trance-like power

The album kicks off with “Everything” which introduces the album in a sweeping and beautiful song which showcases Snowgoose’s talent. The soft and angelic vocals by one half of the duo, Anna, is accompanied by enchanting and catchy folk-rock melodies. The track toys with some psychedelic influences in instrumental parts to come together to create a unique song. It then transitions to one of the two singles from the album, “Who Will You Choose”. The song places an emphasis on the acoustic guitar alongside the synchronising of vocals and harmonies to produce an emotional track which is not afraid to try out different musical styles. 

“Who Will You Choose” is followed by the other single of the album, “Hope” which sports an upbeat melody, but never tries to be over the top. It may seem like a safer song compared to its predecessors, but this works as a stripped back and transitional track. The title track is perhaps more typical of the folk genre whilst being driven by emotion and trance-like power. “The Making Of You” is the dark horse of the album as it unexpectedly feels as though it could have been plucked straight from a cinematic trailer to become one of the album’s strongest and most captivating songs.

The album then eases into “Counting Time” which is a more romantic sounding song, but with a melancholy feel. It comes across as easy listening and gentle, but with relatable and personal lyrics, making the track a pleasant contrast. It then flies into “Golden Wing” which is a dreamy and fantastical track, toying with lyrics which transcend personal growth and freedom. It is easy listening but certainly a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. 

Snowgoose showcases classic folk as well as throwing in some very welcome surprises to deliver on an album which makes you feel inspired

“Leonard” pulls back to softer trance-like folk with emphasis on the talent driven vocals. The shortest track on the album goes on to experiment and showcase the harmonica. It glides into “Deserted Forest” which discusses the often-unspoken topic in music of nature. The emphasis of strings in this song plays up the emotive subject and the messages the lyrics convey. 

The album then seems to take it down a notch with “The Optimist” which is generally slower compared to some of the previous tracks, but it is beautifully driven by the passion within the vocals. Following on from The Optimist, “Undertow” is also a slow and emotive song which can lyrically, be easy to relate to. Although, the song could have been placed somewhere else into the track listing to avoid it continuing the slow pace of the previous track too much. 

The final track boosts a great mixture of rich melodies, heartfelt vocals, as well as a positive overall energy to leave you feeling refreshed. “Gave Up Without A Sound” never tries to be too much, which in this case works to produce a warm conclusion to the album. Snowgoose showcases classic folk as well as throwing in some very welcome surprises to deliver on an album which makes you feel inspired.

The Making Of You is available on Glass Modern Records.

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