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Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles
Shana Cleveland might be known for her work fronting her revered Girls In The Garage-inspired band La Luz but her quieter work as Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles is equally impressive! Cleveland wrote the songs on her debut LP, Oh Man, Cover The Ground, over cumulative years and they're "meant to be played in quiet places, so they didn't make sense for a rock band." Yesterday, Stereogum debuted a new single off the album, "Itching Around," noting that "it manages to feel aimless, tossed off almost, a study in the open air feel of improvisation. Except, it revolves with far too much elegance to truly be improvised."
Oh Man, Cover The Ground’s softly-stated melodies and breezy air operates on it’s own sense of time. Though the songs still settle comfortably into three-minute parcels, their gestation bucked at the convention of pop music’s stringent time format. “I’m really into meandering, fingerpicked open-tuned acoustic guitar, like John Fahey and Robbie Basho,” says Cleveland. “I started playing guitar in that style during a year right before I moved to Seattle when I was lonely and bummed out in the San Fernando Valley and found solace in spending long afternoons fingerpicking slow moving improvisations.” This casualness is evident in the music—you can hear it in the airy ambience of album opener “Butter & Eggs”, the gentle piano and strings accompaniment on the title track, the particularly Fahey-esque explorations of “Itching Around” and “SPATM”. But even the timeline of the album’s development seems to defy the ephemeral haste that permeates so much contemporary music. The bulk of Oh Man, Cover The Ground was recorded in 2011 in Shana’s basement. “I wanted it to sound casual and kind of loose like my favorite folk albums, so we didn’t practice much before recording and a few of the musicians were playing the songs for the first time.” Four years later, Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to announce that these recordings will finally be available to the public on May 26th, 2015.
Listen to "Itching Around" here: https://soundcloud.com/suicide-squeeze-records/itching-around-by-shana-cleveland/
with opening sets by Andréa Moreno-Beals (of Breathe Owl Breathe) and Will Sprott (of The Mumlers)
doors 8 / music 8:30
this is a house concert. all ages are welcome.
floor seating (bring your own pillow), but chairs will be available for those who need.
Cherryvale Studio is located at:
1166 Cherryvale Rd