I have to admit after listening to the rather exceptional new album Shadowhead by Yeti it got me in the mood to bust my Sleater-Kinney and Quasi records out. I couldn’t get but somewhat excited when I hear guitars that sound like actual guitars when I plug them in (think slanted and enchanted) and female vocals that drip femininity that aren't overly cute.
Yeti is a three-piece band with the ladies in control of the melodies. To put it simply Jenna Snyder is a force to be reckoned with. She is one helluva bassist, can harmonize and wrote a majority of the material. There were a number of times of the album I was more than impressed with not only her technical ability but also the creativity she put into bass lines.
Julia Simoniello has her hands full with not only guitar duties but also lead vocals. As I mentioned earlier she has an attractive voice but is no slouch in regards to her skills on the guitar. It may not be the most technically impressive guitar playing in the world but her strength is knowing when to hit the right notes. Rounding out the band is Tom Bones whose drumming keeps the songs tight and in the pocket.
The album starts off with a catchy song entitled “Red Pancakes,” which is about you guessed it - red pancakes. You are treated with jangly guitars and an infectious vocal melody. My favorite moment comes about halfway through the song when Simoniello shreds her guitar with some lead work. “Your Name” is a slower, melancholy song that fits the vocal style of Simoniello while “Sheep” contains a bass line you will not want to miss. There are a number of notable songs such as “Cicada,” “Brains” and “Dust” that caught my attention.
Shadowhead probably won't be the most original piece of music you hear this year but it does offer irresistible indie pop that feels like it was made to be played in the midst of summer.
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