We have been following Shy Girls for the past four years and wondered when we would see a full-length album. A little less than a month ago, the long awaited, Salt, was released on Hit City U.S.A. The album is confident and sleek and even better when you hear it live. On Friday Dan Vidmar unpacked the multi-messaged debut on the last stop of the tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Shy Girls, the brainchild of Vidmar, grew its following after the release of its EP, Timeshare. Hit singles “Second Heartbeat” and “Under Attack” carried a slow jam/R&B, with a hint of jazz, tone. Some songs still carry the “between the sheets” vibes, but Salt is more mature and poignant. The percussive “What If I Can” builds and would make anyone question their relationship decisions. Throughout the tracks you hear moments of electronic minimalism that allows the vocals to shine and then the album shifts to powerful instruments and synth.
With strobes and multi-lights, the music takes on another dimension. The hazy ‘Trivial Motion” becomes more dream-like live. While watching you realize the label R&B or electronic does not suit because it is not carry adequate weight. When Vidmar performs, he creates an entire atmosphere- the aesthetics, the feels, and the sound. When Vidmar sung “I Am Only a Man” and “Why I Love” all eyes were locked on him and the stage shrunk. The room may be full, but the production feels intimate.
Article: Alx Bear