It is about a quarter after nine in the morning, on a Monday. I’m sitting in the concourse of Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport, waiting to board a connecting flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL. The impending getaway and sun rays coming through the windows and glistening off the plans have my mind craving something warm and pensive to match my mood. A simple search of “dream pop” in my Tuned Up email submissions led me to Lev Snowe, an artist who is able to make music not stereotypically indicative of his surroundings in Winnepeg, Manitoba Canada – his hometown.
As I listen to “Dim Light,” I think to myself “wouldn’t it be great if this was the new normal for muzak and not smooth jazz?”
You might think I’m joking with the above comment – but seriously. I think we need a refresher for what is normal background music as people go about their lives, right? Lev Snowe, to me, serves as a pleasant escape from my surroundings for 14 minutes. An escape that packs a heckuva lot in, at that.
“For the Moment” and “Traveling Forward” function as blips on the dreampop radar that enter downtempo/glitch electronic territory. This could evoke a number of responses in me depending on my environment, but I respect the experimentation – it is an enjoyable deviation from the norm. Likewise, in “Dim Light,” a synth line (or perhaps it’s a distorted guitar?) forms a backdrop that would be unsettling if the rest of the song wasn’t so heart warming.
That’s what Lev Snowe does. Weaves unexpected elements to create familiar effects in the world of dream pop.
I’ll be certainly be keeping an eye out for what Snowe has coming up.