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"From start to finish, Kalen Lander and Ariel Monet play pitch and catch in their own game of nerdcore punk. Sometimes you get heat, sometimes you get a curveball. The synergy between the duo is undeniably laid down on this legit release."

Yab Yum

"One great thing about Snailmate is that they cram so much into a song that you hear something different every time... and their music is some of the most unusual and unmistakable in the scene right now."

JAVA Magazine

"The duo has had remarkable success in a short time in part because of their almost-non-stop touring schedule, but also because they try to book diverse bills, not shying away from any opportunity to play."

ABQ Free Press

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Phoenix New Times: Vacuum Review

I literally never know what to expect with Snailmate. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're angry, sometimes they're downright terrifying and I'm not even talking about the lyrics; that's just musing on the music they squeezed into their fantastic Escargot EP trilogy. I suppose the same goes for their lyrics as well. Either way, they are probably one of the most imposing musical duos of all time, armed with a keen wit and endless creative vision Snailmate seems to be able to charm everyone at some point. "Vacuum" is their first post-trilogy single and it's a preview from their forthcoming full-length Love In The Microwave. The musical minimalism happening, while less aggressive than any of their previous singles, makes a completely compelling experience that I'm certain will garner new fans, who will be lured to their shows and will then and only then know the true power of Snailmate. This song sounds like it was just pure fun for Kalen Lander and Ariel Monet to record and it has some of the most amusing synth parts and backing vocals to prove it. The chorus though still has me cracking up after a dozen listens: "I would invite you to my vacuum, but then it wouldn't be a vacuum. Well, I'm not sure if that's true, but it works better without you." Every lyric is a treasure, but that one get's me in the ribs. This also has to be one of my favorite performances by Lander as he brings his hip-hop to synth pop realms.

AZ Central: Vacuum Review

Kalen Lander and Ariel Monet have always occupied the quirky fringes of the Phoenix hip-hop scene, and that’s exactly where you’ll find them on this instantly engaging new release. After drawing you in with a speaker-rattling low-end synth hook, Monet settles into a surf beat while Lander hits you with “I got an alibi that reads like a resume / I got an anti-Christ that I can't wait to resurrect / I got some cherry pie, yeah that might be a euphemism / But I’ll never kiss ’n’ tell until I'm telling ’em I'm quitting.” But they really hit their stride here after downshifting the tempo to brilliant effect on the break going into chorus hook before bringing you back up to speed for a singalong chorus of: “I would invite you to my vacuum / But then it wouldn't be a vacuum  / Well I'm not sure if that's true / But it works better without you,” with Lander’s lyrics punctuated by falsetto vocals singing “Yeah, yeah” and “no, no.”

AZ Central: Dine + Dash Review

The minimalist nerdcore duo get “Dine ‘n’ Dash” off to an excellent start with a track called “Jumper / Cable,” on which they memorably ask, “So you think you’re holier than me?/ My mother was a Wiffle ball, my father was Swiss cheese,” following through with a chorus of “It’s the year 2000-and-something / Who’s countin’?” They’re funny that way. Other highlights range from the rapid-fire raps that drives the verses of the loopy “Virtuous Reality” to the menacing Sabbath-for-synths riff that establishes the tone for “Doctor’s Blues.”

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