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Sneaks - Highway Hypnosis

Release Date: 25 Jan 2019
Format:
Green LP
Label:
Merge Records
More Info:

Sneaks, a,.k.a. Eva Moolchan, emerges from the male-dominated Baltimore-Washington punk scene, joining the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer, and play bass.

Highway Hypnosis combines bewitching beats and invented words, to produce what clash magazine described as “stripped down hip-hop, skeletal post-punk, and extra-dimensional pop music.” Recorded at new york’s silent barn in 2017, Highway Hypnosis was co-produced by Carlos Hernandez (of Ava Luna), Tony Seltzer (Princess Nokia), and Eva Moolchan herself.

A glimmering anthem shrouded in an atmosphere of darkness, her first single “beliefs” drops its bass along with a call to arms for all non-believers whose mantra is assigned: “remove your beliefs and start again / ’cause all I wanna do is start again.” among laughter samples and charming vocals featured on the album lie one club banger, your little sister’s anti-meat school lunch protest song, a 55-second epic bass surprise, and a Jacknife Lee (Taylor Swift, Bat For Lashes, R.E.M.) production credit on “Hong Kong to Amsterdam.”

“We need more artists like this. it’s true and honest and clear and mighty.” Jacknife Lee.

“Critics can’t seem to decide where sneaks fit. Eva Moolchan's music has been labelled punk, post-punk, hip-hop, synth-pop, and more, and this record has drawn comparisons to everyone from Gang of Four to Sleaford Mods and Aphex Twin.

What’s more, Moolchan has achieved this using just bass guitar, drum machine and poker-faced, almost spoken word vocals.” Bandcamp Best Albums of 2017

“It's a bizarre approach to post-punk, but the sheer immediacy will intrigue and confound you. And then make you dance.” Newsweek Overlooked Albums of 2017.

TRACKLIST

  1. highway hypnosis
  2. the way it goes
  3. ecstasy
  4. suck it like a whistle
  5. addis
  6. saiditzoneza
  7. money don’t grow on trees
  8. cinnamon
  9. holy cow never saw a girl like her
  10. beliefs
  11. and we’re off
  12. a lil close
  13. hong kong to amsterdam
Sneaks