Review: Sand Snowman - Flicker Fading Spark (2007)


artist: Sand Snow­man
release: Flicker Fad­ing Spark
format: MP3
year of release: 2007
label: Woven Wheat Whis­pers
dur­a­tion: 12:03

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Some of our read­ers might remem­ber I wasn’t thor­oughly impressed with Sand Snow­man’s first album, Moth Dream. Well, since then, a new album has appeared (I’m Not Here), which I haven’t heard yet. This EP is the fol­low up of that album, and the third release on Woven Wheat Whis­pers, and I must say, I find some great improve­ment here.

Sand Snow­man has man­aged to hold on to the typ­ical mix of folk and proggy acous­tics, but this time around, it works seam­lessly. Since the last album, Sand has called in the aid of female sing­ers Nix and Moon­swift, the last of which appears on the open­ing track of this EP. So, what do we hear? Expert acous­tic gui­tar fin­ger­pick­ing, subtle bass and per­cus­sion, some elec­tric gui­tar and FX, and finally Moonswift’s soft, dreamy vocals. Many of the ele­ments are the same as on the first album, but some­how it all just works bet­ter, and sounds more ori­ginal.

Mag­pie Eye” is all instru­mental, and starts off quite fast with another great gui­tar melody. Later in the track, it slows down a bit, blanketed in reverb-drenched piano and other string instru­ments. The final, short track is also instru­mental, but it fea­tures word­less vocals by Moon­swift again. A very relaxed track, which some­how stresses that quaint old school prog feel­ing again.

All in all, a fine EP, and a nice teaser for the new album, The Twi­light Game, which was also recently released on WWW. Prob­ably it’s due to some com­mon influ­ence, but this also reminds me of Opeth’s acous­tic works. So, if you like that as well, and/or just psychy and proggy folk, check this one out.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. The Last Candle (5:41)
2. Mag­pie Eye (3:54)
3. Fad­ing Spark (2:28)

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