Shana Cleveland – “A Ghost”


Following quickly on the first single, Shana Cleveland lets out another firelight flicker from her upcoming album Manzanita. The album opener “A Ghost,” is laced with longing, pushing Cleveland’s solo works further from her La Luz oeuvre than ever. Like many of the works on Manzanita, “Ghost” is a song rooted in her endeavors with new motherhood that turns the tide inward, exploring not only what it means to usher in a child, but what it means to inhabit this existence at all. Cleveland ponders her universal connection, “When I sat outside the house looking out across the field, the chemistry and shape of my body constantly changing, I understood that I was no different than the plants and animals around me,” she muses. The song pairs the pondering with dark arrangements of strings and woodwinds, which seem to be the framing for quite a few of the songs on Manzanita. The record is shaping up to be one of her most affecting yet. The album arrives March 10th from Hardly Art.

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