New Release & Video: Shannon Lay – August / Death Up Close

Photo Credit: Denee Segall

Folk-pop artist Shannon Lay will release her new, Ty Segall co-produced record August, on 23rd August. Following recent lead single ‘Nowhere’, today she has shared ‘Death Up Close’

She says of the track: “With that song, I wanted to recognise that everyone else is going through something and reflect on that. Don’t be so close-minded to think you’re the only one who’s got issues, in fact, find comfort in the thought that everyone is on their own journey. I had this idea of the violin ascending. Then Mikal Cronin came in with the saxophone and just blew me away. I love the idea of building a song like that, take people by surprise”

And of the video: “For this video we wanted to create a space that never changes, as we grow up it stays exactly as it was, a safe place to retreat to in your mind. It’s a different place for everyone but for me it is this living room and these colors that have been one of the only consistent comforts in my life. It is a place I can go when everything else is falling apart, I know it will be there and it will be exactly as I left it”

Take a watch and listen below…

August, refers to the month in 2017 when Lay quit her day job and fully gave herself over to music. This was her liberation as an artist, and the album is devoted to paying that forward to her listeners. August was mostly written in three months, during Lay’s first solo tour for Living Water, her debut album

In keeping with the humbled, contemplative nature of August, most tracks clock-in at three minutes or less. She saved indulgence for the production for which she joined with from her longtime friend, musician Ty Segall at his home studio on the East Side

Shannon Lay will tour as a member of Ty Segall’s Freedom Band for his upcoming full album residencies in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Haarlem. Following these shows, Shannon Lay will embark on an 18-date North American tour opening for Mikal Cronin. Full dates are here

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