Sally Shapiro and Paper Bag Records are pleased to announce the release of the Swedish italo-disco sweetheart’s long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut “Disco Romance” in early fall of 2009. Sally will first be releasing her single “Miracle” on Paper Bag Records in North America on June 16th. “Miracle” is written and produced by Johan AgebjÃ¶rn and Roger Gunnarsson, and includes a remix by up-and-coming Bulgarian producer Bogdan IrkÃ¼k. Sally will soon reveal the details for her sophomore release, which will include collaborations with German nu-disco producer Tensnake and Swedish italo disco duo Cloetta Paris.
Sally Shapiro’s music is a blend of 80s-inspired italo disco and twee indie pop – melancholic yet hopeful, sweet yet danceable. The name “Sally Shapiro” is both referring to the Swedish duo, consisting of the producer Johan AgebjÃ¶rn and an anonymous singer, as well as the pseudonym of the singer itself.
In December 2004 AgebjÃ¶rn discovered Shapiro’s gentle and beautiful voice while the two were singing Christmas carols together. About one year later they uploaded their first track “I’ll Be By Your Side” to italo disco forums and were immediately being contacted by small record labels, leading to a 12″ release on Austrian label Diskokaine in May, packaged in Italian colours. The single became a blog favourite, sold out quickly and was given excellent reviews in e.g. Pitchfork Media, Vice Magazine and The Village Voice.
The album “Disco Romance” was released on Diskokaine in Dec 2006 to critical acclaim and subsequent represses and rereleases. In October 2007, Canadian-based indie Paper Bag Records released “Disco Romance” in North America with a revised track listing including new tracks. The album was nominated as “dance/electronic album of the year” in the U.S. Plug Awards and was given a spot in Pitchfork Media’s top 50 albums of 2007.
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