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Musician, artist and writer Gavan KEARNEY has been recording and releasing music as SAND SNOWMAN since 2005 and has, to date, issued 10 albums (which have variously appeared on the American Time Lag and Beta Lactam Ring labels, the Dutch label Tonefloat and Reverb Worship in the UK). He has also collaborated with artists such as Steven WILSON (contributing instrumental parts for Steven's acclaimed debut 'INSURGENTES' and it's follow up 'GRACE FOR DROWNING', as well as featuring Steven's vocals on several Sand songs), Judy DYBLE (FAIRPORT CONVENTION, TRADER HORN), Bobbie WATSON (COMUS), Amandine FERRARI (THE EDEN HOUSE), Demian CASTELLANOS (THE OSCILLATION) as well as his musical/life partner MOONSWIFT (with whom he is currently playing and issued an album 'AUTONAL' on Reverb Worship).

Sand's influences are varied and nebulous; a love of the indefinite, the suggestive, the haunting, lead Sand to immerse himself in some of the more experimental and peripheral folk of the psychedelic era, where the ancient, unknown and uncanny are often captured in spiraling guitar patterns, almost ceremonial percussion and elemental fey vocals. This affinity with the indistinct translates into Sand's other areas of interest such as the music and Art of the symbolist movement (an emphasis on nuance and, musically, the shift towards strange harmony and atonality), the psychedelically infused models of Krautrock, Prog and Jazz, and the experimental flux of the Post Punk era. Gavan also paints (many SAND SNOWMAN albums are adorned with his artwork), has exhibited throughout Europe, the UK and Ireland, and has just finished the cover art for a book on Cochranian Wicca

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I'm Not HereI'm Not Here
To.Fl 2010
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The World's Not Worth It by Sand Snowman (2011-12-06)The World's Not Worth It by Sand Snowman (2011-12-06)
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Obsessive Creatures
4.00 | 1 ratings
Moth Dream
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Twilight Game
4.67 | 3 ratings
I'm Not Here
4.93 | 6 ratings
Two Way Mirror
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nostaliga Ever After
4.00 | 2 ratings
Sleeper's Hide & Seek
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Magpie House
4.20 | 6 ratings
The World's Not Worth It
4.00 | 1 ratings
Vanished Chapters
3.00 | 3 ratings
4.00 | 2 ratings
Autonal (with Moonswift)
5.00 | 1 ratings
A Doll's Eyes

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Private Culture
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Flicker Fading Spark EP
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 Two Way Mirror by SAND SNOWMAN album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.93 | 6 ratings

Two Way Mirror
Sand Snowman Crossover Prog

Review by nobledust

5 stars This album represents a crucial developmental period for me as an artist and music fan; I was a freshman in college when this record came out. As a Steven Wilson nerd at the time, there was a trifecta of this record, Insurgents (SW solo), and Molotov And Haze (Bass Communion) that all came out roughly at the same time, and the singular moods that each of these records represents is something that still is with me ten years later. Two Way Mirror is clearly the unsung hero of the trilogy, so it deserves it's first written review here on progarchives.

It's hard to place this music; Sand Snowman represents an essentially unexplored musical corner, which is not something I say lightly. The vocals are weird, not that professional, and deliciously eerie. Sand's harmonic sense is clearly symbolist-influenced (Ravel, Scriabin, etc), but he works within his own personal freak-folk world that no one else can even attempt to inhabit. If anything, This is not trendy hipster freak folk. Is it even "freak folk"? Isn't it just Sand Snowman? Steven Wilson's two contributions almost detract from the weird, creepy mood that much of the album expresses; but if anything, SW's moments add levity. That same levity happens in the closing instrumental track, featuring some truly sublime piano, presumably played by Sand himself. Although not "prog rock", the record is clearly constructed meticulously, and stands, in my mind, as an essential record within this sort of "art music" corpus that the site represents. Each track follows the other seamlessly, and a subtle musical theme reappears and has it's completion in that restrained closing track. Sand is a prolific guy, and this album is probably his most well known and there's probably listener bias because of SW's appearance, but within Sand's oeuvre, it does feel like a focusing point, musically. For me, this is a masterpiece. For fans of...? It's hard to say. What's brilliant about Sand's work is that it's not so much genre or artist touchstones that might lead a listener here, it's the actual musical content; if you love Ravel, Scriabin, and Bartok, and you love the Canterbury Scene, Nick Drake, and maybe obtain guilty pleasure from Devendra Banhart, then...Sand Snowman is for you.

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

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