Shantih Shantih: Winter In September LP (Wild Honey Records/Dusty Medical Records, 2016)June 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
All-female group from Atlanta lead by Italian native Anna Barattin (ex Vermillion Sands). Slightly haunted Southern gothic indie rock, a little bit of a folk stomp to it but it’s clearly rock music. Some reverb on things, guitars are mostly pretty taut and thin. “Tell Me I’m Wrong” has ooh-la-laing backup vocals, but the lyrics are a little more sinister than the happy-sounding music (“you’re in my head let go of me”). Some of the uptempo tracks seem vaguely cowpunk-ish (I think? do I even know what cowpunk sounds like?). “Ruby” is a nice ethereal retro ballad with lots of angelic glowing echo. Overall, a bit friendly but also somewhat sinister. Listen on Bandcamp. Just as a warning if you get the vinyl LP, the center hole must be smaller than usual because it took a bit of effort to remove the record from my turntable. Maybe that’s just a trick to encourage repeated listens!