Shalini – The Surface And The Shine – Shalini, formerly of San Franciscoâ€™s Vinyl Devotion, has been recording solo albums for the past few years and November 9th marked the release of her third solo album, The Surface and the Shine (Electric Devil). You can really hear all of Shaliniâ€™s influences on this one â€“ especially power pop icons like Mitch Easter, Cheap Trick, and the Go-Gos. TSATS is definitely Shaliniâ€™s most mature and cosmic album to date, but still retains that thread of fun that runs through her previous material. There are even guest appearances from Mitch Easter (Letâ€™s Active), Jane Francis (Velvet), and Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush). Definitely a contender for power pop album of the year.
“A strong power-pop album filled with the kind of songs and performances that would make Pete Townshend and Rick Nielsen blush.” – Relish Now
“Chatterjee employs crackling riffs and a sense of melody that’s all about reeling in listeners.” Aversion
“From the winsome femme vocals and soaring harmonies to the mÃ©lange of brash, crashing chords to the pulse-quickening rhythmic surges and luminous keyboard flourishes, The Surface and the Shine wants to break your heart.” – Harp
“Rich in both preternatural pop smarts and sheer velocity.” Caught in the Carousel
“You will want to rock this delightful soul based album in continuous play.” – Melodic.net
Libby Lavella – Sometime In Morning – Los Angeles by way of Australia, Libby Lavella is a pop songstress with folk and word influence in abundance. Her 2nd studio album, Sometime In Morning (Tall Poppy) showcases Libbyâ€™s amazing pipes and emotionally rife songwriting. The album was produced by LA duo, Heroes and Villains and three songs were co-written with Joan Jones.
“Wispy piano, gentle guitars, and a huge voice allow the ruminative Lavella to fit comfortably in the company of such singer-songwriters as Sarah MacLachlan and Beth Orton.” – RetroLowFi
“Evokes sympathetic lyrics mixed with soft instrumentations that will captivate listeners.” – Celebrity Cafe
“A gifted vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with an ear for soundscapes.” – Bullz-Eye