Shana Cleveland (of La Luz) & the Sandcastles
Nathan Ma & the Rosettes
Monday, May 25th
2727 North 62nd St.
9 p.m., $7 at the door
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/
Nathan Ma & the Rosettes
Pick your favorite Unread Records Nathan Ma bio below:
"one of the best “front mans” from way behind the drums, leaps away from his usual pop/rock/gut writing for the fabulous places we slept and goes it solo, kicking your dick in with pure joy and unabashed twee form brilliance. nathan may not even have been born the sort of mash that he has leaping out of his veins even was a damn thing or whatever."
"nathan ma is (was?) one of the songwriters who contributed to the great "places we slept" output...for the time being, them all being disbanded, nathan comes clean with a great collection of pure heartwarming and blissful pop - aching from a time long gone, obvious comparisons can be tossed around...but nathan digs up
the dirt and makes it his own."
omahas "razors" grace your brain with new channels of fixed pop and sound-stuffs. like injecting yourself with 550 ccs of pure sodium pentethol, but staying awake, and having your eyes bleed out real tears that tear down your skin and rip away your cheek fat. - from the Unread Records website