Cape Snow is a dream-folk quintet with members on opposite ends of the United States. Bree Scanlon (vocals) and her husband Sean live in Los Angeles while multi-instrumentalists Guy Capecelatro III, Marc McElroy, and Dylan Metrano live in New Hampshire and Maine. The three New Englanders have been in the collective Tiger Saw for a long time. The short version of the story is that 14 years ago, Scanlon, Scanlon and Metrano played one show at a bar in Boston while Tiger Saw was trying to get things going. The show went well, and they wanted to keep playing together. They wrote some stuff, but never recorded anything. Scanlon and Scanlon moved to Los Angeles, and that put a damper on things. A few years ago, Metrano and Bree Scanlon renewed their efforts to collaborate, and in the end, Cape Snow was the final product. There are five “official” members plus a lot of other contributing members.
The self-titled debut album just came out on Friday via Burst & Bloom Records, and I’ve been getting a lot of emails about it. All of the emails and most of the press about this band mention Mojave 3 and Mazzy Star as reference Points. Not really because of the music, but because Scanlon’s voice is a bit reminiscent of Hope Sandoval or Rachel Goswell. I’m reminded more of Rachel’s solo record than any Mojave 3 record. Others reference the voice of Margo Timmins from The Cowboy Junkies. I’m not so sure about that one. Whatever you want to use as a signpost, there’s something very familiar and very comforting about Scanlon’s voice. And while they’re not blazing any new dream-folk ground, they’re doing what they do really well.
“One More Time” by Cape Snow
You can purchase a digital download or order a CD of Cape Snow via the Burst & Bloom bandcamp page here.