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Snap Border 'Icons' Album Review By JD Rich

Snap Border


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December 12, 2020

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio



Bonjour mes amis! France is the destination for this review, featuring Alt-Rock quintet Snap Border (or maybe Bordure d’Accrochage in their homeland?) No, you don’t need to resort to any translation program to enjoy their recently-released EP Icons. I’m pretty sure they speak better English than many English-speaking natives. I’m 100% certain they speak better English than I speak French. I'm utterly abysmal. J’ai tellement oublié, je m’excuse. Anyway, let’s dig into their 5-song sophomore release.

Snap Border falls under the AltRock umbrella, but there is much more to Icons than just that. They have combined driving force with compassion and observational wisdom.​

Frank Poinsot’s rich vocals come across strong and unwavering, I was fully absorbed upon listening. There were moments I picked out what sounded eerily familiar to influences by Disturbed and Linkin Park. His ability to toggle between reassuring serenity to unrestrained chaos (and back again) had me wanting more, to see if he could push his range even further. Olivier “Yéyé” Siedlecky carried out double duties, showcasing not only his skills as a backing vocalist, but also his multi-tiered guitar abilities. Bassist Kevin Fauvle somehow pulled off triple-duty moves as bassist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist! To the untrained ear, it may be tricky to hone in on his lower tones that stealthily tie it all together with a patient approach. Without his guidance, everything would fall apart in a tinny-sounding jumble. Christophe Syczyrk (typing that out crossed my eyes for a minute. I’m just glad I don’t have to further embarrass myself trying to pronounce it) does what he was born to do, sounding as if he is more at home behind a drum kit. He’s got his own carefully curated method, like a performer’s time-honored creed held sacred. Not a single beat is wasted, nor is there exhausting percussion filler. Finally, rounding out Snap Border’s lineup is rhythm guitarist Eddy Bouvot. I was struck by an impression that he may be the mischievous element in the band. He lends his own energy, playing well with others while injecting his musical individuality. Bouvot is by no means relegated to the shadows, not by a long shot. It sounds as if there are two lead guitarists, but when it comes down to it, one of his strengths is pulling back at precise times so as not to crowd out others. Nor do others crowd him out. I like to think of it as audio symbiosis that works to achieve mutual goals without leaving the status quo in shreds.​

In less capable hands, all these moving parts could have ended up in a sloppy cacophony. Not here. Hand meet glove, glove meet hand. Icons features the best from each component, resulting in thought-provoking upbeat AltRock, a delicacy for fans. Perhaps this could be interpreted one more step in the evolution of this genre, led by musicians (such as Snap Border) who lead the way. I'm always interested to hear how bands from faraway countries put their unique signatures on familiar formats, and this is a worthy example to check out. Since December 12th, Icons reached across the pond and breathes vitality into a decades-old formula.


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