Album Review: Sneaks – Gymnastics

In an attempt to combat the whitewashing of punk/pop-punk/indie music, all of Indientry’s album reviews for the month of February (Black History Month) will feature black musicians, both solo and within other groups. Check out our full list of bands here!


After a week of heavy music, it’s refreshing to have something a little lighter, but still interesting. Sneaks’s latest, Gymnastics certainly does the trick – it’s weird enough to keep my attention, but minimalist enough to help me chill.

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The album cover.

With ten songs that are entirely too short, the longest clocking in at 2:04, Eva Moolchan (alternatively known as Sneaks) layers entrancing chants over simple bass lines and driving percussion. In a satisfyingly rhythmic art pop album, each song is full of whispers, echoing vocals, and repetition. It’s cool, it’s unique, and it’s certainly mesmerizing.

Moolchan twists everyday phrases from ads and symbols to sound almost unsettling, like This Is‘s lines of, “read a book/this is education”. Every song has a similar (yet just different enough) bass melody overlayed with percussion in a simple instrumental pattern. That is, until the last two songs – Figure 8 opens with wildly bubbling percussion before ending abruptly and moving back to the other style, and Someone Like That has funky heavier electronic melodies.

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Sneaks.

I’d heard of Sneaks before and finally decided to give her a listen today, and I’ve gotta say, it was an excellent decision. This week has been frighteningly overwhelming, and it was relaxing to listen to this album. It’s just weird enough to keep me engaged, but minimalist enough that I wasn’t even more overwhelmed. Needless to say, I’m grateful for Gymnastics today.

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