Title - 'Shadow of Doubt'
Artist - Satin Nickel
For those not in the know, NYC-based folk-pop band, Satin Nickel, will release their first full-length album, Shadow of Doubt, on April 10th, 2020.
Satin Nickel was formed in 2017, a collaboration between Morgan Hollingsworth and Samantha Aneson — two songwriters who met while studying theater at the University of California, Irvine.
They began writing together after relocating to NYC and found a musical spark. After creating a catalog of music, ranging in styles from Folk to Blues to Indie, they played a couple shows together, cementing their passion for the project.
The following winter, they met fellow theater artists and future bandmates Nikola Balac (Drums) and Ariana Karp (Cello), and after a couple months of rehearsing, they recorded their debut EP and began playing venues in Brooklyn.
Adding bassist Andrew Shewaga to the group, they recorded this quite brilliant full-length debut, Shadow of Doubt.
1. 'Train Song'
2. 'Call It'
3. 'Secondhand Smoke'
4. 'Last Night'
5. 'Just Keep Running'
7. 'Ballad Of Yankee Jim'
8. 'Good Love'
9. 'The Shadow of Doubt'
The album kicks off in some fine style with the upbeat, one-two Americana bounce of 'Train Song,' before gliding seamlessly into the guitar-led, lo-fi groove of 'Call It' (a song inspired by the personal experiences of Aneson).
The quite wondrous, old school vinyl listening experience approach to 'Secondhand Smoke' is next, and then comes the luscious acoustic ballad 'Last Night.'
Up next is my own personal favorite, the upbeat, guitar-laden, foot-tappin' rock of 'Just Keep Running' (which has Hollingsworth take the lead), which is backed by the acoustic, aching balladeer beauty of 'Free.'
The raw, country-hued, Cash-esque storytelling of 'The Ballad of Yankee Jim' is up next, with the album rounding out with the sublime lo-fi wonderment of 'Good Love,' and then comes the ambient at times, ragged rock-tinged vibes of the title track, 'The Shadow of Doubt.'
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