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Tuesday28 February 2012

Shenandoah Davis

at Arthur Street Cafe, 8 Arthur Street, Timaru
The Seattle, WA, USA based musician Shenandoah Davis will be coming to New Zealand in 2012 supporting her new record, The Company We Keep.

Drawing inspiration from the Chopin and Debussy of her childhood piano lessons right alongside with the chanteuses of the 1930s and more eclectic modern acts such as Antony & The Johnsons, Owen Pallett, and Van Dyke Parks, Shenandoah Davis' tiny masterpieces have been branded everything from parlour music to new folk to orchestral pop.

Davis self-released her sophomore effort "The Company We Keep" in August, which Don Yates of KEXP called "an often-gorgeous set of classical-influenced avant-pop with dynamic, intricate arrangements" and Cory Frye of the Corvallis Gazette-Times labeled as "an album wrapped in brittle crimsons and delicate browns, wrought with tension and a slightly fractured whimsy." The record was picked up by radio stations across the country and abroad, quickly becoming one of the Top 3 Self-Released Records on the CMJ charts, and has already made its appearance on several end-of-year Top Ten lists.

She has recently completed a 16-week tour of the United States, and will be touring in New Zealand during February and March where she will be joined by multi-instrumentalists Ethan Demerest (Drums, Guitar) and Stelth Ulvang (Accordion, Clarinet), as well as select dates with Kate Uhe on cello (City Oh Sigh, St. Rupertsberg).

Shenandoah Davis has been featured on No Depression, KEXP, Daytrotter, and The Waiting Room, among others.

"The Company We Keep puts both what elevates Shenandoah above us all, a rare talent, and what makes her just like us, the characters that inhabit all our lives and how our hearts open and break because of them, on display. And it’s a beautiful sight to behold. "
-Abbey Simmons, Sound on the Sound

"I liked a lot of records this year. It’s going to be very tricky for any of them to beat Shenandoah Davis’s "The Company We Keep" to the top of my (figurative) list." -Sean Nelson, writer/musician (Harvey Danger)

"Many times, in listening, you think that she's brought to audibility the tales that were perhaps written into the silent pictures of bygone years."
-Sean Moeller, Daytrotter

"A magnificent piano player with a fresh and lovely voice." - Mirah, musician
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