Shana Cleveland’s 2019 album Worm Moon was a favorite around here, so it’s well-received news that she’s got another on the way. The album was written in two phases, the first side shortly before the birth of her first child, and the second shortly after, working as emotional bookends on new motherhood. The first single, “Faces in the Firelight,” an exploration of love’s patience through adversity, continues the dark pop strains that made Worm Moon so captivating. Set into motion with strings and strums, the song sinks deep into moments of dream, pairing well with the surreal video worked up by Two Seraphim. Leaning into dark, baroque influences from Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt to the hazed works of Opal, the new album, Manzanita, is set to cement Cleveland’s solo works as some of her post potent songwriting. The album is out March 10th from Hardly Art.
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