I find that Shelly Short’s near inaccessibility is one of the things that draws me to her music. She has a wonderful voice and very good ear for creating both the lyrics and the music to compliment it. But she’s not content to create something that is easily digestible. On the surface her music is very listenable but just under the surface there are subversions and distractions that lend it an air of mystery or an ethereal quality.
On her forthcoming record Water For The Day the pedal steel languishes just a little bit longer than usual, her voice flutters and swoons in unusual manner and her repeated use of phrases or portions of phrases toys with the traditional notion of verse, chorus, verse.
The song “Swimming” below is one of the most straightforward and most beautiful songs on the record (but still listen for the odd guitar plucking). The new record is due out April 22 on the always excellent Portland based label Hush Records.