Exposé Online banner

Azalia Snail — Escape Maker
(Garden of Delights GARDEN5, 1995, LP)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1999-01-01

Escape Maker Cover artAnyone remember when indie rock really was far-out and "alternative?" Welcome to the lo-fi, do-it-yourself world of Azalia Snail, an eccentric, individualistic woman with an intensely personal, charmingly noisy avant-rock sound. Her music is made in the same spirit as bands like Bongwater (Kramer with Ann Magnusson), Two Foot Flame, and even Daniel Johnston; that is, it's guitar noise and anarchy informed by an art school sensibility (sound like the Velvets? You're getting there). Azalia Snail is apparently a semi-big name in the indie rock fold, having collaborated with Sebadoh, Beck, Three Mile Pilot, and Suzanne Lewis (Hail, Thinking Plague). While I enjoyed this album, I think its relevance to progressive rock is more due to attitude than execution. If you're looking for a fine quality recording job with songs that have melodies that soar, you should look elsewhere. However, if you're ready for something a bit different, a personal statement that works on its own terms, Azalia Snail may be for you.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 16, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Azalia Snail

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Howe - The Haunted Melody – The Yes/Asia guitarist realizes a lifelong ambition by creating the perfect jazz setting with son, Dylan Howe on drums and Ross Stanley on Hammond B3. The arrangements across the stellar recording...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues