Snake River describe themselves as a psychedelic rock band. Far from being a lumbering acid-damaged band from the 60s, Snake River play a woozy, reverb-drenched brand of pop music having more in common with the Sadies and Eric’s Trip (with an emphasis on having more in common with the Sadies.)
The country/folk influences run strong throughout this album. Their bassist is named Whistlin’ Jeff M and they’re clearly big fans of using “high n’ lonesome” harmonies.
Snake River come at psychedelic music from an entirely different angle from either the dad-rocky sounds that one usually expects from psychedelia or the bleeps and bloops of MGMT or Black Moth Super Rainbow. They may be slightly derivative of other bands, but those bands don’t sound like many people themselves. All in all, a good album.
- Topher Duguay
Published in Volume 70, Number 8 of The Uniter (October 29, 2015)