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free music friday: shannon stephens
September 18, 2009, 9:01 am
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fmf_shannonstephensShannon Stephens
‘In Summer In The Heat’

Previously the singer and co-songwriter in a college band also featuring Sufjan Stevens, Shannon Stephens went solo in 1999 and has spent the last decade in Seattle-based ‘pseudo-retirement’ in a blissful-sounding bubble of domestic goddesshood. She emerges from obscurity next month with her second solo album, The Breadwinner (out October 12th through Asthmatic Kitty), described as a “testament to Shannon’s love for her husband, daughter, garden and planet.” Her presumable euphoria really shines through on lead single ‘In Summer In The Heat’; it’s a relaxed and happily lazy paean to moments suffused with satisfaction, specifically that of lying beside your lover on a hot summer night. The strummed strings and understated vocals sound suitably subdued, evoking a nighttime stasis so airless that breath can only be shallowly drawn. Stephens matches her low-key croon to the lyrical mood, a contented catlike stretch of vocals suggesting post-coital lassitude and the remembered taste of salt on skin. A song lying sprawled out and smiling, just on the enviable side of smugness, it’ll make you want the long hot summer evenings back. MP3 after the jump.


The Breadwinner
01 More To Speak Of
02 Hard Times Are Coming
03 One Who Sees Me
04 In Summer In The Heat
05 Come To My Table
06 Most Delicious Hours
07 Song Of The Breadwinner
08 Dream
09 Poor Man’s Part
10 Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You

FREE MP3: Shannon Stephens, ‘In Summer In The Heat’ [via RCRD LBL]

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On Twitter I read your call for the weherabouts of Harriet Wheeler (‘where are you now, Harriet Wheeler??). The Sundays is one of my all time fab bands and, just like you, I’d really want to know how she’s doing.

Idea to take some action via Twitter?

(if readers want to participate in our search, it’ll be grand, don’t you think?)

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erratum: weherabouts is spelled wrong, has to be whereabouts. But hey, I’m Dutch…

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