Snowblink’s newest collection of songs is an unflinching study of human relationships – to self, to other, and to Other, and to the threat or actuality of losing those unrepeatable prizes. At the outset of the recording process, Gesundheit made a text version of a “mood board” to portray the sensations she wished to evoke in the production of the album. The musicians, producers, and engineers were faced with the task of sonically approximating:
santa fe / arizona / palm springs /
sunset over a mesa /
either sunburst and pastel or loud crashing flash floods and lightning /
calypso disco / lots of space with bursts or ripples of sound /
Practically, this ambition meant that the band approached each song uniquely – here a full band live off the floor in a winter cabin, here a painstaking half-year-long process of revision, here a drum sample from years ago mixed with dozens of layers of analog synths and vocals. In sculpting the singular sound of Returning Current, no process was out of bounds – the band made themselves equally at home with a bevy of acoustic instruments, analog processes, or sample-based in-the-box production choices.
What results is “mastery at its liquidiest” (Feist in a personal letter to the band), a collection of songs that find the speaker reporting, in the stark, James Blake-esque ballad Second Sight, that “the sky was kneeling on my back to pray,” or elucidating the slipperiness of desire, as in Returning Current:
Like a monk or a mystic
quiet on the outside
northern lights colluding on the inside
The air around me humid as Hawaii
with my evaporated desire
These are private songs, domestic songs, songs to be absorbed over time – unhurried, biological time, the passage of which helps us to survive ourselves.
Returning Current is produced by Snowblink (Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Bahamas). Written and performed by Snowblink with special guests: Leslie Feist, Owen Pallett, Barbara Gruska (Fiona Apple, Jenny Lewis, Ray LaMontagne), Johnny Spence (Tegan and Sara), Thom Gill, Ariel Engle (AroarA), Steven Foster (Doldrums), Felicity Williams (Bahamas), Philipe Melanson (Rufus Wainwright), Mika Posen (Timber Timbre), Andrew Downing, Brodie West, Caley Monahan-Ward, Doug Tielli, Dan Gaucher, Evan Cartwright, Ryan Driver, and Charles James.
Snowblink is a lush folk/pop duo from Toronto, Canada and Los Angeles, CA featuring Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman. The duo has recently signed with Outside Music.
Snowblink has toured extensively through North America and Europe, both as a headliner and as support for Feist, Jeff Tweedy, Bahamas, Timber Timbre, and Owen Pallett.
In 2012, Snowblink was invited by Leslie Feist to join her band at the Polaris Prize gala. The evening resulted in the creation of the seven-headed collaborative superband, Hydra, which went on to tour summer festivals in 2014. The band performs songs from the Feist, Snowblink and AroarA catalog.
In addition to featured soundtrack contributions (NPR’s Radiolab, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (Tribeca Film Festival), The National Parks Project (NFB), Al Purdy Was Here (TIFF)), 2014 saw Gesundheit featured alongside Brian Eno on Owen Pallett’s In Conflict, and Zammuto’s (formerly The Books) Anchor as vocalist and co-writer. She also staged Returning Current, a collaboration with acoustic biologist Katy Payne (The Song of the Humpback Whale), which assembled choirs in different cities in North America to apprentice themselves to the musicality of Humpback Whales and African Elephants.
Gesundheit has collaborated with Ed Droste, Brendan Canning, Bahamas, MGMT, Thom Gill, Nat Baldwin (The Dirty Projectors), Frank Lyon, and Tony Dekker, and is the recipient of numerous grants from Factor and the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada Councils for the Arts. Snowblink is a featured collaborator on astronaut Chris Hadfield’s forthcoming LP (2015 Warner Brothers), the first record ever to be recorded in space.
RETURNING CURRENT TRACKLIST
Feel Like a Man
Torn to Light
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