“Crossfire” by Snøwmass, featuring Mona Moua, brings to mind Diva Plavalaguna from the movie The Fifth Element. Opening with lyrics referencing ancient aliens and fallen angels, “Crossfire” has the makings of an otherworldly future-bass dirge: a noirish trip-hop vibe, ominously slow piano strokes, rushes of whooshing synths, fistfuls of melodic glitter, stuttering drums, and a massive drop and rebuild. Big on wobble and melancholy, the theatrical aria is one reflection of Snøwmass’ life. “I love my life and making other people happy through my music, but a vast majority of my time is spent alone in a dark studio all through the night,” he says.
The time spent has paid off. With just a handful of singles, Snøwmass has been buzzing on social music channels like Hype Machine, SoundCloud, and Spotify for the last couple years. A former intern for Krewella, Snøwmass learned on the job before going to school for formal engineering training. Since going solo in 2015, his remixes and sets have impressed Dash Berlin, the Chainsmokers, and Sam Feldt, among others. The value of the support isn’t lost on Snøwmass. “I’ve worked hard to bring these sounds to listeners, but this journey has no chance without the commitments of my teammates and fans around me,” he says. There isn’t much to it so far, but it’s shaping up to be a larger-than-life sonic trip.
Available November 6.