The origin of Cape Snow — the band and the album — sounds like the basis for the next Apple commercial. While raising two daughters in Los Angeles, singer/songwriter Bree Scanlan sang melodies into her iPhone and sent them off to pals Dylan Metrano and Guy Capecelatro III of New England band Tiger Saw. Metrano and Capecelatro wrote lyrics to Scanlan’s melodies and assembled a band to record what would become Cape Snow’s self-titled debut album.
The 10-track, 34-minute release has some really nice moments, but the lack of sonic variety keeps it from being an essential addition to your collection. Despite Scanlon’s consistently excellent vocals, the same-sounding nature of these slow-burn tunes might make your attention wander.
That said, there is plenty to like about Cape Snow. The opening tandem of personal favorite “All Is Gold” and “One More Time” is terrific, and the band also scores with “I’m Over Love,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Never Let Go.” Here’s hoping they fine-tune their sound the next time out. (Jeffrey Sisk)