Hailing from New York, USA, Snakechild is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Michael Desmond. Hitting the synth-pop scene in 2020, Local Nomad released his self-titled debut EP a few months ago (July to be exact) to critical acclaim. Since then, he has been a name on everyone’s lips with his unique, innovative and intriguing sound receiving coverage from Under The Radar Mag, EARMILK, Variance Magazine and many more. The latest addition to his relatively new discography is ‘Snakechild’.
Not only is ‘Snakechild’ the follow-up to his well-received single ‘Love Is Gone’, but it also continues character development of the protagonist introduced in ‘Love Is Gone’. Based on a true story, Local Nomad speaks of a friend dealing with drug addiction and mental health problems. Touching on these issues, ‘Snakechild’ is a synth-based swirl of music and lyrics taking you through the blurry, undistinguishable haze of nights out on the town.
The combination of pounding drums, backing keyboard, synths and brusque vocals place ‘Snakechild’ between upbeat pop hit and poignant hip-hop anthem. The rise and dips of instrumentation result in a wistful ambience, yet the prominent vocals demand authority with the blunt lyrics. It is this juxtaposition between grace and “in your face” that makes ‘Snakechild’ truly addictive and astounding.