FRESH SNOW, an acclaimed instrumental kraut-noise-psych rock quartet, are back with their second full-length album, ‘ONE’. Recorded with Graham Walsh (Holy F***, METZ, Preoccupations) in a rural Ontario barn, ‘ONE‘ arrives less than a year after their 2015 EP ‘WON’, via Hand Drawn Dracula (Beliefs, Doomsquad, Etiquette) on September 9th, 2016.
With ‘ONE’, Fresh Snow pushes their own boundaries further than ever, creating something more confrontational, yet more accessible, than anything they’ve done before. The band describes ‘ONE’ as an album that is both structured and instinctual, made without ego or fear of alienating its listeners. Noise and texture is always prevalent, however minimalism is newly explored in places throughout the album, alongside electronic treatments, and English / French vocals.
After a split 7? with SubPop artists METZ (2012), Fresh Snow earned critical acclaim with their 2013 debut album, ‘I’, and landed on the cover of NOW Magazine, as well as being listed for the esteemed Polaris Music Prize, and making numerous year end best of lists. Brooklyn Vegan described Fresh Snow’s music as “mutant, motorik psych,” which the Toronto Star’s Ben Rayner also called “transcendental” and “overwhelming in the best sense possible.”
Fresh Snow’s inventive live shows – performances within pods or around projection screens, leading audiences from one room to another mid-show – are legend to those already in-the-know. They’ve performed alongside groups as diverse as Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker, The Pop Group and Ratking, as well as forming a one-off blisteringly loud band with METZ (FrETZ).
2015 saw Fresh Snow release the EP ‘WON’, which included vocals by F****d Up‘s Damian Abraham, as well as the song “Proper Burial (feat. Carmen Elle of DIANA)” which was premiered on Stereogum, as well as gaining positive coverage on Noisey/ VICE and “song of the day” on the UK’s Line of Best Fit. A hypnotic video for “King Twink Rides Again” premiered via Los Angeles magazine Flood, and Marvin in Mexico. “Don’t F*** A Gift Horse In The Mouth” (feat. Damian Abraham) was picked as a song of the week on numerous international sites, including Consequence of Sound, Vulture, Testspiel and Chart Attack. The EP’s success was rounded out by the venerable Australian music TV show RAGE picking up “Don’t F*** A Gift Horse In The Mouth” for video play throughout Australia, on the national ABC network.
As Fresh Snow continue their journey through the ROYGBIV colour wheel – ‘I’ is red; ‘WON’ is orange; and ‘ONE’ is a yellow cover, the distinctive sonic elements that are the band’s trademarks continue to evolve, strengthen and feedback. ONE is filled with dissonance, stillness, intrigue and molten noise, as Fresh Snow continue to look for the beauty that is found in extremes.
“inscrutable instrumentalists announce themselves as one of Toronto’s most exciting, and menacing, next-gen acts” – TORONTO STAR
“It’s a powerful epic, contorting between psych meltdowns and post-rock sincerity” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“there’s something about it that I just can’t shake.” – INDIE SHUFFLE
“an interesting musical journey” – AUSTIN TOWN HALL
“serene and searing in equal measure” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“It’s an alien ecosystem, but it’s thriving.” – CHARTATTACK
“pecialize in a style that has strong roots in the True North (à la Godspeed You! Black Emperor)” – FLOOD
HDD054 · RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2016
Limited run of 300 LPs worldwide on white vinyl.
“Insistent looping electronics build and evolve around a simple, yet hopeful piano melody. This gradually becomes less organic, twisting and contorting as layers of keyboards and squelching 8-bit synths pile up before giving way to simple handclaps and undulating bass. It’s a delicate and euphoric listen – deservedly our Song Of The Day.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“Fresh Snow seem to have returned from the wilds of Canada with their most visceral, immediate, and engrossing record yet – Epic musicianship that looks out towards the extremes” ~ CLASH
“Eternally Menacing Krautrock” – THE FADER
“it’s easy to let your mind sink into a meditative trance” – AD HOC
“Fresh Snow tune somehow crept under my skin – not unlike what some might hear in the Stranger Things soundtrack – pulsing and throbbing, creating something altogether animal-istic” – AUSTIN TOWN HALL
1. King Twink Rides Again
2. Proper Burial (ft. Carmen Elle)
3. Blood In The Sun (digital)
5. Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (ft. Damian Abraham)
HDD045 · RELEASE DATE: September 11, 2015
Limited run of 300 LPs worldwide on white vinyl.
“beautifully haunting vocals with eerie dripping ambiance – prominent grooving bass line carries you through on a gentle wave, while the drums build you up and echoing synths strike hard on screeching notes” – STEREOGUM
“Each listen yields a new pathway. It’s challenging but unpretentious, cerebral with moments of simple joy” – NOW
“close to 11 minutes in length, with the arrangement based around an insistent, fuzzy rock groove. It takes a dreamy turn a few minutes in, but the peace is interrupted when Abraham begins screaming bloody murder” – EXCLAIM!
“And now, the motherlode. Fresh Snow have shared an enormous 11-minute monolith” – STEREOGUM
“Top 10 Songs Of The Week ~ File it next to Deafheaven under “screams to cry to.”” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“mutant krautrock epic levitates beyond the 10-minute mark and is bludgeoned by steamroller vocals courtesy of Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham” – UNDER THE RADAR