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Disaster Is Your Mistress

by The Snow

Think of Serge Gainsbourge, Carole King and Fiona Apple in a boat atop rolling rapids of champagne -- and you have a sense of the haunting, lushly orchestrated sonic journey this album embodies.
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Violintro
0:18 $0.99
2. Paper Raincoats
4:59 $0.99
3. Little Girl, Completely Lost
3:28 $0.99
4. Disaster Is Your Mistress
5:41 $0.99
5. Pomegranate
3:59 $0.99
6. Glass Door
4:54 $0.99
7. Good Morning, Cambodia
4:36 $0.99
8. Black and Blue
5:18 $0.99
9. Dirty Diamond
4:50 $0.99
10. Reaching Back for the Muse
2:16 $0.99
11. Stay Awake
5:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Snow is a cinematic literary-pop quartet from Brooklyn, New York. It began when Pierre de Gaillande and Hilary Downes collaborated on made-to-order songs written as wedding gifts and birthday presents. The songs evolved into a project, which eventually led to an invitation to a midsummer tour of Russia, Sweden and Finland with musician friends who needed an opening act.

The Snow has been described in turns as post-apocalyptic French cabaret, gypsy pop, and carnival Americana. The band is comprised of de Gaillande (Bad Reputation, Melomane, Morning Glories) on vocals, guitar and banjo; Downes on vocals and keys; Jeffrey Schaeffer on drums and Christian Bongers (Falcon, Hurricane Bells) on electric and upright bass.

The band's gorgeous debut, True Dirt was recorded and mixed at Trout Studios by acclaimed producer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Apples in Stereo, Sean Lennon, Evan Dando, Sebadoh) and was released on Vermillion Music in the spring of 2008. Their follow-up, I Die Every Night, was released in early 2010, recorded by Shannon Ferguson at Serious Business Studios in New York. Additional tracking was done with Daniel Weintraub in New York.

The Snow returns for a third outing, Disaster is Your Mistress, its most complex and lushly orchestrated album to date. Veteran engineer Charles ‘Chicky’ Reeves (Radiohead, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Tito Puente) navigates haunting classical flourishes, Motown horns and Beatlesque pop soundscapes to take the listener on an unexpected sonic journey. Think of Serge Gainsbourg hitching a ride with Carole King and Fiona Apple in a boat atop rolling rapids of champagne.



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heartfelt thrills
This has been the soundtrack to my life for several months now. I love the balance of the drama of the violins and orchestral feel with the heartfelt lyrics – it's both grand and intimate at the same time. "You're on my shelf of broken things" is a line which always makes me break down when I hear it. I find myself coming back to this album, its beautiful melodies and rich harmonies, over and over again. My favourite songs include Good Morning Cambodia and all the songs by Hilary Downes, especially Glass Door. The whole album is poignant and haunting. It reflects our deepest emotions but in a lively, thrilling way; it changes pace and pitch with almost every line. It has so much soul and heart, you know it was a true labour of love. I feel lucky that we get to experience it.