Snailhouse – A Sentimental Companion

At last, a follow up to Snailhouse’s spring 2011 album, Sentimental Gentleman.A Sentimental Companion features three new songs and two renderings of the hits from the previous record, ‘Apple’ and ‘Sentimental Gentleman’. These “demos and sketches” are stark in their beauty—simple, warm, and vulnerable recordings. It is easy to imagine why Snailhouse would be remiss to not have these versions out there alongside the studio recordings. These gentle lullabies float through the higher ethers of your mind and linger interminably. Fans of Fred Squire will find everything they are looking for in this edition. Start with ‘Timeshare’ and ‘Apple’, they are so soothing that I suspect them to be homeopathic cold remedies unto themselves.

Paper Beat Scissors – S/T

The debut full length from the Haligonian Englander Tim Crabtree aka Paper Beat Scissors could be compared to watching a sweater unravel in reverse. Crabtree’s plucking and picking abilities begin to feel like individual stitches, putting together this warm garment of song. The allegory is a good one. His lyrics are densely poetic, imbued with life by his voice which on most songs grows from the soft and bemoaned to the tightly tuned caterwaul he is best known for. Building on the strength of his Flicker EP, his self titled debut is another excellent step forward. Pick up the 12″ and spin it while you knit.