Shells: 2 LP (Ginkgo Records, 2017)

December 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Shells: 2 LP

Four years after releasing her solo guitar opus In A Cloud, Shelley Salant returns with her second solo LP, this time on her own Ginkgo Records. These songs have more layers to them, with more shades of guitars and even drums and synths on a few songs. “Nacimiento Road” and “Out There” come close to a sort of ragged SY-style alternative rock, making it obvious why Thurston asked her to open for his current group a few times this year. Some tracks combine electric and acoustic guitars, such as the fizzy closing track “Field”. Dubby echo effects and distortion dust things off occasionally, and things get a little bubbly around the end of the first side, but this isn’t an exercise in studio trickery. Instead, it’s a showcase for autumnal melodies which are neither too complicated nor too simple. Fantastic work as always! Purchase/listen on Bandcamp!

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