Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Best of 2018 - Air Wave - Warrior


The album cover for Warrior, the third full-length by Brooklyn-based band Air Waves, features a ominous, androgynous figure standing with a bicycle, wearing a gas mask adorned with a daisy.  The remarkable image was taken on April 22nd, 1970 at the inaugural Earth Day celebration in New York City by Nicole Schneit’s dad, Martin Schneit. Forty-seven years later, artist Em Rooney hand-painted Schneit’s original black & white photo, resulting in an image that radiates with Warrior’s indefatigable spirit, strength, and love.


Schneit proudly declares her mission statement: “I want these songs to be heard by people in my queer community, but also by anyone that wants to feels strong, powerful, and included.”


…glittery guitar work, sweet spot-hitting harmonies…
PITCHFORK
…rollicking, down-home folk-rock…
STEREOGUM
…big jangly, strummy, sunshiney, melancholic warm, swirling pretty much perfect pop music.
AQUARIUS RECORDS
…infectiously breezy and moving folk-pop melodies…
GORILLA VS. BEAR
...her smoky, melancholic voice bears similarities to the likes of Chan Marshall or Feist.
THE QUIETUS
There are constantly relatable nostalgias in those guitar and vocal harmonies.
DAZED
…some of the loveliest melodies anywhere.
A.V. CLUB

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