Ashley Shadow

Only The End

£23.99
  • Ashley Shadow - Only The End
29th October 2021 / LP or CD / felte
     
"Sounding as if barely a moment has passed since her first album, she has a soothing, country-inflected quiver whose understatement is a big part of its charm."
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Ashley Shadow

Only The End

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Modern country tones with plenty of hooks and weird turns. Really got something going on.

Ashley Shadow winks at darkness, but she won’t lead you towards it. It’s easy to fall under the spell of Ashley’s haunting voice. The Vancouver, B.C. based songwriter forged her own identity as a songwriter with 2016’s eponymous self-titled debut. Her sophomore effort, Only the End, maintains the moody introspection that is ingrained in Pacific Northwest life, but now comes armed with a palpable hope complementing her signature melancholy.
+ Limited LP on Blue/Orange swirl vinyl.
+ LP format is released on 29th October.
+ CD format is released on 24th September.
+ Recorded and mixed by Joshua Wells (Destroyer, Lightning Dust, ex-Black Mountain)
+ Guest vocals from Bonnie “Prince” Billy on “Don’t Slow Me Down”.
+ Guest pedal steel guitar from Paul Rigby (known mostly for his studio work with Neko Case).
Ashley explains, “I wanted to make a more upbeat album, something you could play with some friends over. Some of the songs I wrote were initially bummers, but when we went to record them, we lightened them up.”

Balancing a couple of jobs and navigating life and love in increasingly unstable times, the album was written over two years by Ashley at her apartment. Her confident vibrato above lightly, distorted guitars mirrors the album’s theme of resilience, if not triumph, over adversity. There is comfort in these warm songs that endorse the realism of contented acceptance, rather than the naïve search for non-existent utopias. While the songs were conceived in contemplative solitude, Ashley invited some very capable collaborators for their journey into the studio.

Ashley’s first album saw her take center stage after more than a decade of gracing friends’ projects in a supporting role. The move to the front was a cautious one. “First record was, can I do a solo album? This time, I know what I’m doing. It’s way more clear.”

"Don’t Slow Me Down" reunites Ashley with Bonnie “Prince” Billy for the first time on record when she sang vocals on Bonnie's Lie Down In Light album in 2018. The album also includes contributions from Paul Rigby (Neko Case), Colin Cowan (Elastic Stars), Joshua Wells (Black Mountain, Lightning Dust) and Ryan Beattie (Himalayan Bear). It’s clear to anyone listening. It’s Only the End. If only all endings were so glorious.

01. Gone Too Long
02. For Love
03. Don’t Slow Me Down (feat. Bonnie "Prince" Billy)
04. Grey
05. From You
06. I Will Remember
07. Unspoken
08. Nothing
09. Catlin
10. Bury
Format /LP or CD
Released /29th October 2021
Catalogue / FLT078LPC1
Barcode / 0843563134566
Artist / Ashley Shadow
Label /felte
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