Track Premiere: Sea Moss “Snake Lady”

Photo by Ariel Crocker

Skittering rhythms and buzzsaw electronics cut a hole in the razor wire atmosphere trying to cage in Sea Moss. The Portland, Oregon-based duo of Noa Ver and Zach D’Agostino channel visceral sonics into furious, intense soundscapes laden with blurred, surprising hooks. “Snake Lady” drills snarling oscillators and feedback scree into harsh-angled song structures, pushed along with violent glee by D’Agostino’s rhythmic brutality. Using a contact mic held directly against her neck, Ver’s acrid vocal delivery focuses the track into a searing point of electronic fire. 

“Capturing the essence of Snake Lady required patience and attention. It began its life watery and loose,” Sea Moss explains. “We had to place it on low heat and allow it to reduce at a simmer for a few days until most of the liquid had evaporated and the excess had burned off.” This explains part of the appeal and why the song is simultaneously so raw and dialed-in. 

“Snake Lady” appears on Sea Moss’s upcoming sophomore album, SEAMOSS2, out on October 28 (vinyl, cassette, and digital formats) via Ramp Local. Stream below and pre-order HERE.

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