The best way to describe Snail’s House is “whimsical electronica,” the kind of stuff you sit down to write anime fanfic to. His discography is pretty hit and miss with me, though, but when there are hits, they hit hard. Nowhere is that more true than the album, Imaginarium. The back-to-back songs of “Imaginary Express” and “butterfly” are absolutely beautiful. They ride this perfect line of being cute and catchy yet melancholy and reflective. Both songs have a really unique sound; I’m not sure what I could possibly compare them to. Hell, I can’t even trace how Snail’s House ended up in my Spotify recommendations. But I’m glad it did for these two songs alone.
Unfortunately, the rest of the album just doesn’t resonate with me. The song that immediately follows “butterfly,” for instance, sounds like someone noodling on a bunch of different instruments. The next song, “summerscape,” is… okay. It at least feels like it can get away with being on the same album as “Imaginary Express” and “butterfly.” Everything onward, however, is either too video game-y or too laid-back. As I skim through other Snail’s House albums, I find that to be a recurring theme. So it seems that his preferred style isn’t my style, but in those moments when he tries something new, he knocks it out of the park and into the stars.