INTRODUCING SHY LAYERS;
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT TODAY ON GROWING BIN RECORDS
LISTEN TO NEW SINGLES, ‘SEG’ AND ‘TOO FAR OUT’
WATCH ‘STABILIZED WAVES’ VIDEO
”Shy Layers’ debut is one of the year’s great, unexpected pleasures: a deeply engaging, effortlessly listenable collection of Balearic pop with overtones of yacht rock, Kraftwerk, and Graceland.’ — Pitchfork
Shy Layers is the musical incarnation of Brooklyn and Atlanta based artist and lifelong musician JD Walsh. His self-titled debut album, Shy Layers, is Today (August 12th) as a vinyl-only release via Growing Bin Records, a vinyl imprint born out of a blog specializing in everything from new age to ambient jazz and beyond.
Shy Layers began in 2015 in a dusty corner of Walsh’s Brooklyn studio, where meticulously crafted songs would be constructed, texture by texture, until eventually the entire studio would be consumed in a jungle of analogue synths, drums, bells, triangles, guitars, and all manner of recording equipment. Walsh plays every instrument and sings, his vocals often transformed by a softly buzzing, melodic vocoder, floating over a bed of overlapping rhythms. The boundary between real and synthesised voices and instruments can often be blurred, leaving the listener to navigate a uniquely constructed space, where pastel hues and impossible shapes augment reality.
Leading into the Shy Layers LP release, Walsh released two EPs (both of which are available on Bandcamp): ‘Shy Layers’, which fuses elements of Krautrock, 80’s r&b, dub, African highlife, and rock & roll, and 2016’s ‘2,’ which delves into Balearic pop, Caribbean percussion, and free-form modular-synth jams. As eclectic as these elements can be, the songs always retain a pop sensibility, and remain accessible and compact. Comprised of tracks curated from the EPs, as well as the exclusive track ‘SEG’, the Shy Layers album is carefully sequenced to take the listener on a journey. Listen below to ‘SEG’ and the polyrhythmic, fuzzy post-Graceland pop of lead single, ‘Too Far Out.’
Working in sound, video, sculpture, and painting, Walsh has exhibited his work at art galleries internationally and has been written about in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, and Sculpture Magazine, among others.
Listen to Shy Layers’ ‘SEG’
Listen to Shy Layers’ ‘Too Far Out’
Watch ‘Stabilized Waves’ Video
Shy Layers Track Listing:
A1. Black And White
A2. Famous Faces
A3. You Won’t Find Me
A4. Stabilized Waves
A5. Too Far Out
B1. Holding It Back
B2. Playing The Game
B3. Bees And Bamboo
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