From: NY, United States
Genre: Pop, Noir, haunting
It’s for fans who enjoy haunting melodies counter-balanced by bursts of joy and infectious energy and would fit comfortably next to Bat For Lashes, Florence and The Machine and St Vincent on the record shelf.
Shenandoah & The Night are back with the distinctive pop noir sound they perfected since the release of their first EP in May 2011. “So Low, So High” is their new single, a track that shows the direction Shenandoah Ableman is willing to take her unique brand of songwriting. Displaying the key elements — a strong melodic sense, remarkable musicianship and a spellbinding voice — that made the band's debut such an enthralling experience, the New York band expands its territory with a haunting string arrangement. And while Shenandoah & The Night remains an acoustic affair, the new song’s subtle but significant shift to keyboards is reminiscent of Angelo Badalamenti’s work with Julee Cruise.
Ethereal and voluptuous, the music is nevertheless powerful and driving: “So Low, So High” was written during a rather dark period”, explains the singer. It was a prayer for my family and a nod towards Arthur Russell's "This Is How We Walk On The Moon. I think it speaks to artists, but more importantly, to anyone dealing with any type of struggle. Little steps bring us closer, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time.”
Beyond the one it was intended for in the first place, “So Low, So High” is an exhilarating number that will no doubt lift the spirits of many. Spring is finally here and Shenandoah & The Night are providing the soundtrack. If cherry blossoms were songs, they would probably sound like this.