Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses by Aaron Shanley (Self-released)
Although memories of acts such as The Lilac Time, Elliott Smith and even Bob Dylan come to mind, Aaron Shanley possesses his own unique visions when it comes to deeply heartfelt music. Originally based out of Ireland, Shanley has traveled to the UK and the States, gaining a good amount of fans and supporters along the way. Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses is the latest full length from this prolific talent, a collection of demos that will surely leave a lasting impressing on all whom encounter their sweetly melancholic melodies. With a beautifully expressive voice, and the material to back it up, it won’t be long before Shanley find himself breaking through on the DIY or with the assistance of a record label.
The Bedroom Tapes start rolling with the gorgeous refrains of So Easy To Hold, a heartbreaking song whose sweeping atmospherics and wistful vocals leave a lingering impression. One of the finest songs Shanley has ever recorded, So Easy To Hold prepares the listener for the pensive tunes to follow.
“Honey I made up my mind, I’m gonna get a way for a while, hit the road see what I find, and try to lose what’s left of my mind” Shanley muses on the freewheeling Trouble, featuring a banjo underscore rendering this one a standout. I Hope So, Laura then commences with its dark and cathartic strains, followed by the folksy and wondrously artistic Skyline Of Matchsticks.
Cherry Vale recalls wistful memories of a love from the past in a remote yet cozy pub. Just the titles of the next two songs Be Honest For Once and Until The Truth Falls Out let you know what you’re in for during this section of the recording – Honest with its spirited refrains and then Truth with its stark emotional delivery of just acoustic guitar and haunting vocals.
Dear No One is remote and grim, dealing with the reality of loneliness and hurt when it comes to matters of the heart. And then closing out Bedroom Tapes is a somber journey down 5th Avenue, where a resourceful musician a long way from home encounters the high life of the big city and winds up “fucked up, and thinking of you.”
For a collection of demos, Bedroom Tapes: Swiss Cottage Teal Roses by Aaron Shanley is a remarkably solid effort, showing an artist at the very height of his creative prowess. Explore the vibrant world of Aaron Shanley, and prepare to be richly rewarded by these nine exquisite tapestries. And for now, they may all be downloaded for free on Aaron Shanley’s Bandcamp Page. Expect 2014 to be a glorious year for this massively talented singer / songwriter on the rise.
(Review by Ken Morton)
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