Baltimore’s Snail Mail have quickly become one of the buzziest acts in indie rock, and the Lindsey Jordan-led quartet have shared another preview of their much-anticipated debut album. Jordan shows off her ice skating chops in the band’s video for their new tune, “Heat Wave,” the second single from their forthcoming Lush, out June 8 via Matador Records.
Jordan was a high school men’s hockey player and she remains an avid roller skater—the “Heat Wave” visual showcases her skills on both the guitar and the ice. The 18-year-old creative force behind Snail Mail is intimidated, chased and checked ruthlessly by a shadowy, all-male group of goons, after which the literal gloves come off—Jordan delivers some good, old-fashioned fisticuffs, earning herself a trip to the penalty box in the process. The video’s skating sequences are interspersed with David Lynch-ian shots of Jordan jamming out amidst a red tableau, its warm color contrasting the dark and chilly ice rink scenes. After hopping back out of the box, Jordan rips a guitar solo and dekes the goon squad out of their skates, shooting and scoring. The video’s climactic moment is equal parts surreal and triumphant—see for yourself below.
“I hadn’t actually been on skates since I quit the high school team junior year, so immediately jumping into shooting this was equal parts difficult and super fun,” said Jordan.
“Heat Wave” is the second single from Lush, following last month’s lead single “Pristine,” which we highlighted as our Daily Dose upon its debut. Paste’s Loren DiBlasi described that track as “a grand step forward for a promising songwriter who—despite the hype—is really just getting started.” We’re pleased to report that “Heat Wave” fits that same description.
Watch the “Heat Wave” video (dir. Brandon Herman) below (or stream the track via your service of choice here) and revisit our late March interview with Jordan here.