Saturday, 21 January 2012
Review: Miss Massive Snowflake
Miss Massive Snowflake – Like A Book (North Pole Records)
Since their 2004 inception, originally as a Shane de Leon’s side project – he was still a member of Portland art rock collective, Rollerball - Miss Massive Snowflake have quadrupled their number from one to four and have evolved stylistically from a mix of electronica, hip hop, and acoustic folk to a more jazz-rock based sound.
Their adventurous mix navigates their complex, peculiar and urgent pop songs through unexpected and quirky turns of minor psychedelia, and punctuates them with new wave and jazz expressions. Presented like ten short stories of life and experience, covering such topics as contemporary art and artists, Hollywood and consumerism, they are lyrically very exciting, intelligently abrasive and scornful. Their progressive pop delivery is awkwardly fascinating and has similarities to the work of Talking Heads, David Bowie and Frank Zappa.