Jordan Jeffares never intended to leave a six-year gap between his debut and followup records. He released Anti-Anti in 2006 with his band, Snowden. However, after a year of touring behind the album, he had a fallout with his label that kept him out of the studio while his contract slowly expired. In the meantime, Jeffares kept writing as he moved from one cultural hub to another – from his Atlanta home, to Chicago, to Brooklyn, and ultimately settling (for now) in Austin, TX.
Now, finally, he’s prepped his sophomore album, No One In Control, for a May 14th release on Kings of Leon’s label, Serpents & Snakes. Even after all that time, the record picks up largely where Anti-Anti left off.
Jeffares’ songwriting skills manage to turn Interpol-gloom into something simultaneously dark and highly-danceable. Take lead single “The Beat Comes”, where familiar buzzing screeches out over dizzying synths as Jeffares half-drones, “Bop your head till the beats comes/keep your mouth off the canon/I shiver down south/there’s no way to go back now.”
Those reverberating doldrums remain present on other standouts like “So Red” and “Not Good Enough”, but even the latter track is more than mere gloom with its refrain of “que sera sera“. Then, there’s the release-beckoning “Hiss”, where Jeffares calls, “Put your pride away/stay and dance with me/stay and dance with me!” And that’s what makes Snowden’s long-awaited return so compelling: even if it’s still overcast, they’re not going to let it get them all depressed for long. Stream the record in full below.
Snowden will also return to the road in June supporting their “comeback”. Check out their full itinerary ahead.
Snowden 2013 Tour Dates:
05/30 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Lounge
06/01 – Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel
06/02 – Nashville, TN @ Hi-Watt
06/05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/06 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
06/07 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
06/08 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
06/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
06/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
06/15 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
06/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
06/20 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
06/21 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
06/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Sound Gallery
06/23 – Chicago, IL @ Green Music Fest
06/24 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch
06/25 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
06/26 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary