Shadows

Shadows

by Lenka
     
 

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Lenka's third studio album, 2013's Shadows, is a work of rapturous, ceaselessly melodic, vintage-sounding orchestral pop that makes the most of the vocalist's elfin croon. While Lenka's past albums showcased her knack for bubbly pop songs that tipped a hat to both '60s singer/songwriter pop and modern indie acts like

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Lenka's third studio album, 2013's Shadows, is a work of rapturous, ceaselessly melodic, vintage-sounding orchestral pop that makes the most of the vocalist's elfin croon. While Lenka's past albums showcased her knack for bubbly pop songs that tipped a hat to both '60s singer/songwriter pop and modern indie acts like Owl City and Lights, here she delves headlong into the kind of sweeping, psychedelic-tinged sound that artists like Donovan, Nick Drake, and Serge Gainsbourg recorded in the '60s and '70s. Of course, while there is certainly an older vibe to these songs, Lenka still remains a thoroughly modern artist, never falling into a retro-rut. In that sense, the album also brings to mind the work of such similarly inclined contemporaries as Diego Garcia, Beck, and Matt Costa. Cuts like "After the Winter" and "Heart to the Party" feature a precise mix of strings, horns, guitars, Wurlitzer keyboards, and various percussive instruments from glockenspiels to vibraphones, many played by Lenka herself. Recorded while Lenka was pregnant with her first child, Shadows has a hushed, lullaby quality that adds to its deeply felt and intimate nature. In fact, the track "Two Heartbeats" is built around the whooshing in utero heartbeat of her baby. Gorgeously conceived in every way, Shadows is a tiny masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
Label:
Ingrooves
UPC:
0887158354823
catalogNumber:
001
Rank:
65381

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Performance Credits

Lenka   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Kevin Salem   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Noise
Danny Levin   Horn,Horn Engineer
Tracy Bonham   Violin
Oliver Kraus   Strings
Maxime St-Pierre   Flugelhorn
Rich Mercurio   Drums
Zac Rae   Drums
Gavin Brown   Vocals
Zoe Hauptmann   Bass
Jonathan Dreyfus   Violin
Jason Reeves   Background Vocals
Pascal Shefteshy   Acoustic Guitar
Doug Yowell   Drums
Francois Plante   Vocals
Jean Philippe Goncalves   Bass
Tom Schutzinger   Bass,Percussion,Strings,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kevin Salem   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Lenny DeRose   Engineer
Pierre Marchand   Producer
Paul Herman   Composer
Zac Rae   Composer
Jason Reeves   Composer
Pascal Shefteshy   Engineer
Lenka   Producer,Instrumentation
John O'Mahony   Producer
Lenka Kripac   Composer
James Gulliver Hancock   Artwork
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Tom Schutzinger   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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