Best New Band: Snail Mail

Could you imagine if the band you played in when you were 17 was suddenly discovered by Pitchfork and the New York Times? God, the humiliation. Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan was still in high school when her lo-fi bedroom pop music was suddenly thrust onto a national stage, but her songs have an immediacy and craftsmanship that’s good at any age. The jangly chord progressions and Jordan’s vocal melodies on EP “Habit” hit all the same pleasure points as Helium, Pavement, and Juliana Hatfield. To their credit, Jordan and company have done an incredible job with their time in the spotlight as indie rock darlings. We can’t wait to see what comes next, which according to a recent Facebook post, includes a deal with Matador Records.

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