By: Chris Pizzolo
It’s a late Monday night in August. I’m searching the web for random shit that’s been on my mind; plant-based snacks, Netflix documentaries, y’know…the “important” stuff.
Anyway, while carrying on with my night, I’ve got some tracks playing by Shirley House. I can’t help but feel like the listening experience at this very moment is such a sign of the times. The music made by the New York City based duo serves as the perfect ammunition for this nighttime virtual highway drive.
Their music is reminiscent of SBTRKT, Vampire Weekend, and Sam Smith. It’s that groovy, sexy R&B, that has this sort of vanilla tongue in cheek sexualization to it. The production value is undeniable, which makes it a comfortable addition to the nighttime playlist while googlin’. Most notably with the track “Run Dadda”, you can’t help but bop your head and think of a respectful tip of the cap to the Peter Gabriel-esque tribal beat that would probably make you feel like a champion if you were to listen to it during your morning commute to work.
The point of all this “new-age” millennial jargon that I’m throwing around is that Shirley House is producing music that’s up there with the more recognized names I mentioned before. With simple song structures and a very clear focus on near-flawless production, their recordings can equally follow Sam Smith, SBTRKT, Santigold, on a Panodra station. I’ve never been one to really pay attention to lyrics; it’s just never been my thing – plain and simple, but these guys are throwing chord progressions and beats together that are so beautiful you can’t help but want to keep listening. I personally really dig the Kanye meets Vampire Weekend influenced track “Guard Down”, and aforementioned “Run Dadda.”
Give it a listen, and let me know what you think!