Snails, from Bristol, are a fairly eccentric and likeable bunch centred around the maverick pop-not-pop skills of Dan Weltman. They first came to our attention about five years ago when their first single, She’d Like An Hour became a firm shop favourite and we’d sell one whenever we played it, which was often. Claiming to be influenced by Basil Kirchin, Francoise Hardy and The Pastels we added them to our ‘we’re into it' list. A second single, Talking To Anthony confirmed their promise and reappears here on their debut album, Safe In Silence, which is one of the first great records of 2017. The album focuses on the pop psych side of the group rather than their folkier side and comfortably moves through a magical lyrical world where The Kinks, NIck Drake and Syd Barrett are still the kings. Along the way they maybe even provide the answer to a longstanding question - what if Belle & Sebastian had made a secret other record at the time of If You’re Feeling Sinister? Beautifully envisaged, beautifully realised, Dan describes it as "a series of recurring themes - of loneliness, disappointment and misplaced love, but then with a nice melody underneath none of it seems quite so bad.”
Pressed in a strictly limited edition of 300 copies on Feral Child / Great Pop Supplement without regard for our longer term needs, Safe In Silence is a record for today. It’s instantly memorable, uplifting, truly special; as warm as the world is cold right now. Thanks guys.