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August, the third album by Shannon lay, sees her take on folk music drift from lo-fi Vashti Bunyan-style quietness to an Dry-era PJ Harvey rawness. It was recorded with her pal Ty Segall and features his pal, Mikal Cronin (presumably her pal too!) playing sax on the opening track. It includes a cover of Karen Dalton’s Something On Your Mind.

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August by Shannon Lay
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7/10 Will 20 August 2019

It took me a good few minutes to decipher whether it said 'Shannon Hay', 'Shannon Say', or 'Shannon Lay' on the cover of 'August'. Curse these newfangled typefaces! Give me a solid Palatino Linotype every step of the way. 

'August' by Shannon LAY is like a fuzzy psych record without the fuzz but with all of the aggression. 'Nowhere' has a rollicking outro semi-reminiscent of 'The Four Horsemen' by Greek proggers Aphrodite's Child. 'August' has a kind of riff that would have Vangelis stop fooling around with a score sheet and pick up his guitar again. 

Though it's the softer numbers are when Lay's voice really shines. She has a voice that's somewhere between Molly Drake and Joan Baez but hers is a little meatier and full-bodied.

'August' is lovely, transcendental folk music that's got a sense of aggression always waiting in the wings. Even the softest, most mellifluous song has a little burbling undercurrent of intensity and belligerence that keeps you guessing. The music is baleful but never quite realises this; it only threatens. 'August' has a hectic, almost krautrocky drumbeat that wouldn't sound out of place on a Thee Oh Sees record but its played on brushes, thus neutering it somewhat. 'Something On Your Mind' has a few big drum fills but they're pushed to the side and squashed. 

'August' is an interesting record that plays on the meekness of folk and aggression of psychedelia to produce something powerful and slightly unsettling. 


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Shannon Lay - Nowhere [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube



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