Monday, September 19, 2011
Shana Falana - In The Light
Emerging from Brooklyn's crowded field of independent solo artists comes the unique vocal talent of Shana Falana.
The current weekly residency at Pete's Candy Store for the month of September (there are two more shows, the 21st and 28th ...at 10:00 pm) is leading up to her the release show for her new EP "In The Light" on October 6 at Shea Stadium.
Produced by Kevin McMahaon (Swans, Titus Andronicus) and mixed by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Mogwai, Interpol) the record perfectly captures what Shana does best: positive music of wonderment and discovery. Inspired by Bulgarian folk music, her sound often reflects the genre's asymmetrical rhythms.
“Light The Fire” is hypnotic, chill-enducing and powerful.
Listen to this enchanting track:
“In The Light” presents vocals that are pure and straightforward, with diction having only the slightest of creative affectation (“everything” becomes “Av-erything”). A strong cello undercurrent allows Shana to soar above with multi-layered choruses of her own vocals.
Never unappealing sleigh bells usher in “Yeah Yeah.” An even more ethereal choir sings those words to varying patterns. The guitars begin to chunk along and the drums thunder in kind. Her vocal production embraces the same cathedrals Simon & Garfunkel explored during their finest moments (think “Only Living Boy In NYC”).
On a recent afternoon, Shana and I did a bit of shopping in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - and I conducted an interview with her.
Check out the first part here:
You can spend hours looking through all the wonderful treasures a specialty record has.
Part 2 of our Interview:
Official video for "In The Light"
Catch Shana at one of her upcoming shows for a truly rewarding listening experience.
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