Habit accurately depicts the troubles and tribulations of one’s mind in six cohesive and short tracks. The slightly unclear vocals blend well with the music behind each song, which add more emotion and meaning to the lyrics being sung. It is a true key to Jordan’s heart, and the EP’s intimate nature makes the listener feel trusted and attentively listen to all six songs – it grips you from start to finish and does not disappoint.
Lead single ‘Thinning’ kicks off the EP in an infectious and intimate song, which could easily be on the soundtrack of an independent, coming-of- age movie. The start of the track is the perfect start to the EP, gradually building up and adding layers to the track until the drums and vocals give the song its pace. It deals with fragility and not feeling well, with lyrics like: “Haven’t felt right in a week / And I’m thinning out/ And it hurts bad/ I gotta get back.” It also hints at denial when singer Lindsey Jordan repeats, “And I don’t think there’s anything wrong.”
‘Habit,’ the title track, is a little darker. It talks about being troubled by something you cannot touch or see, and being scared that you’ll never be able to escape these troubles precisely because it is not something tactile you can visibly get rid of – “It’s not something I can run my hands over/ I’m not afraid to walk without a way/ If I close my eyes I’m scared I’ll never get to leave the grey.” The track itself is more mellow than ‘Thinning’ and the vocals seem more distant, adding to that sense of trouble and confusion. A guitar solo takes the listener by surprise, but is very much welcomed as it adds dynamism to the track and provides a swift but smooth end to it.
In ‘Static Buzz,’ we see Jordan take more risks with her voice, which is appreciated since it helps keep the five-minute song full of twists and turns. Ironically, a song whose name is something so common and quiet like static buzz really stretches Snail Mail and shows us the members’ potential as vocalists and instrumentalists.
The EP’s closer, ‘Stick,’ strips Snail Mail down, providing us with an almost acoustic track. The song is permeated with questions, all of which we ponder upon and want to provide answers to both during and after the song is over. There is a clear theme of pain and loneliness in the song, especially in lyrics like “And it’s a hard trip to the kitchen sink/ Cause’ I can’t wash this one clean” and “Would they stick around?” which makes the EP end on a more mellow, and rather abrupt, note. Nevertheless, Habit proves competent in making the listener empathize with Jordan and her struggles, as well as providing quality music which flows together perfectly.