Shenandoah Davis

Shenandoah Davis

From the fertile soil of Cascadia* sprouts yet another very promising band, although Miss Davis might not generally call herself a ‘band’ because it is, in fact, just her.

Inevitably it’s all rather low-fi, but it makes a virtue of this rather than a failing.  For the most part she tends to play the piano, and sing along in a rather flighty, theatrical voice.  There are similarities to the likes of Feist, St. Vincent and, to a lesser extent, Alela Diane in these songs, but the eccentricities in the delivery are perfectly restrained which makes it rather more enjoyable than those first two ladies for the likes of me.

In the email she sent, Miss Davis explains that she started out working in the fields of classical and jazz, but she uses the term ‘tunnel vision’ to describe her experiences in the academia which seems to dominate these fields.  Indie folk has its own orthodoxies of course, but whatever happens I suppose that striking out on your own should bring artistic freedom within whatever field you happen to find yourself.

It’s early days, and there isn’t that much to go on, but there are five good songs here, which I could easily image forming part of an ultra-low-fi release, or which could equally withstand a more layered studio approach.  Shenandoah Davis looks very much like one to keep an eye on.

Shenandoah Davis – These Rocks
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/sbt/TheseRocks.mp3]

Shenandoah Davis – We; Camera
[audio:http://www.matthewjamesyoung.com/sbt/WeCamera.mp3]

*Tell you what, if there ever was a successful independence movement for Cascadia, I would be there in a shot.

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