Shares New Track ‘Why I Love‘ With Stripped Back Video
Debut album ‘Salt‘ out 20th January on Hit City USA
[ Listen to ‘Why I Love’
Photo credit: Jaclyn Campanaro
“Shy Girls is on a whole other playing field that’s all his own” – LIFE+TIMES
“Vidmar has refined his ethereal, lush sounds into something magnetic and undeniable” – COMPLEX
“Praise be to the music goddesses for the return of this angelic voice“ – NYLON
“”[‘Trivial Motion’] is a lush, languorous, synth-driven testament to Vidmar’s songwriting ability” – PIGEONS & PLANES
“Marrying the quiet-storm simmer of early-1990s R&B with the chest-rattle of modern-day bass music, it’s a devastating slow jam that knows just how long to withhold its pleasures” – PITCHFORK
“Emotionally raw” – THE FADER
Shy Girls has shared an intimate sneak peek at his forthcoming debut album ‘Salt‘, with an acoustic live video of a new song called ‘Why I Love‘. The clip features Dan Vidmar singing and playing guitar alongside a live band.
The recorded version of ‘Why I Love’ will appear on Shy Girls’ first full-length ‘Salt’, due out 20th January via Hit City USA, alongside previously released singles ‘I Am Only A Man‘ and ‘Trivial Motion‘.
Shy Girls first came to attention in 2013 with his slow burning, sax-tinged ‘Under Attack‘, followed by the release of his buzzed-about Timeshare EP and subsequent 4WZ mixtape. Vidmar has collaborated with artists such as Cyril Hahn, Tei Shi, Rome Fortune, Antwon, Junglepussy, and ODESZA, and has toured with HAIM, Little Dragon, and Maxwell.
For an LP likely to be placed in the R&B aisle, ‘Salt’ is noticeably impressionistic. At times it bears the painterly, frank essence of a Blue/Court and Spark Joni Mitchell. At others, it strides towards the progressive and cinematic. There is a striking viscerality in the crashing percussion and detuned piano of ‘I Am Only A Man‘ and in the hypnotic woodwind outro of ‘What If I Can‘. The Mournful guitar dressing ‘Watercolor Dreams‘ seems to nod to Ennio Morricone – like a future-Western ballad. And even in the stark ballads that bookend the album, Vidmar delivers swelling sentiment fit for the screen.
Despits its sonic magnitude, ‘Salt’ never surrenders its intimacy. ‘Salt’ was self-produced by Vidmar, who also played and recorded the majority of the instrumentation. The beautiful result is a testament to craftsmanship executed almost single-handedly by one author. Rife with tender imperfections, at its core Vidmar’s heartrending vocals are still as silken as ever, as the singer reaches new heights.
Lyrically, Vidmar explores the ambiguous territory in which many so-called “millennials” find themselves, hovering somewhere amidst a pre-internet nostalgia and post-recession tech absorption. He takes and honest and unflinching look at the tension between growth and decay, existential-level FOMO, and the nagging inertia of time.
‘Salt’ is his debut full-length album and will be released on 20th January 2017 on Hit City USA.