Is Last Year's Savage (LP)

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Shilpa Ray
Is Last Year's Savage (LP)

[ Northern Spy Records LP / LP ]

Release Date: Friday 15 May 2015

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With Last Year's Savage (maybe a nod to Leonard Cohen maybe a nod to Barrence Whitfield) Shilpa Ray has taken the pain and dark funk of earlier sounds and made explicit the sublimity that was always there just below the surface. The conversation has become less a break up with doors ripped from their hinges and more the last pained pillow talk before parting. The obsessions with sex, death, bodily functions, and betrayal (not necessarily in that order) remain but Shilpa has expanded the palate to convey the resignation, the simmering discontent of an artist disenfranchised and held down. This is a quieter rage than the music Shilpa Ray has made before, more plaintive and considered, even if it's the quiet of a hand gripped tight on the axe handle. The music remains gorgeous and stirring in its directness while Shilpa herself remains, thankfully, entirely and inappropriately threatening.

Shilpa Ray has, up till this, point, yes, been an "artist's artist." Just about every musician in New York City, who doesn't hate her, loves her. Nick Cave sings her praises to all with the ears to listen (he brought her along a European tour as an opener and as a backup singer in the States). Obviously there are some who will always prefer lesser versions of the Shilpa Rays of the world (as if there could be more than one), preferably with blue eyes and On Brand Waifishness, but the truth will, eventually out. Talent this big can only be kept down for so long before the sky cracks and we all drown in the blood of angels. Either way, this is Shilpa Ray's year. - Northern Spy

"...mashes the musical aesthetics of Ray's predecessors into a hodgepodge of dark funk anchored by her tortured wail. Her voice possesses every chord and riff for a challenging but enchanting listen. She bellows from deep within, painting sex, death, and betrayal with long breaths, using bodily functions as colorful descriptors." - Consequence of Sound

Tracks:

Burning Bride
Pop Song for Euthenasia
Shilpa Ray on Broadway
Johnny Thunders Fantasy Space Camp
O My Northern Soul
Nocturnal Emissions
Colonel Mustard in the Billiards Room with Sheets of Acid
Sanitary iPad
Moksha
Pipe Dreams Ponzi Schemes
Hymn

Watch Johnny Thunders Fantasy Sace Camp via Youtube