Published Aug 23, 2018Vancouver-bred songwriter Davina Shell has made clever, catchy indie pop tunes with bands like Thee AHs and Movieland, and these days she's leading her own project Ghost Thoughts. Her latest album is called No Chill, and ahead of its release on September 1 via Jigsaw Records, Exclaim! is premiering the entire thing.
Unlike Ghosts Thoughts' 2017 EP Purple Period, which featured guest vocalists on nearly every track, Shell pared down the lineup this time around. She sings the bulk of the material herself, along with some help from Celina Kurtz. Shell recorded and mixed the album herself alongside Jay Arner, who also played drums.
The results polish up the scrappy indie pop Shell is known for: "Gregory and the Gaslight" builds from gentle acoustic balladry to autumnal folk rock, "I Still Think About You When I Come" blends poignant melancholy with frank sexuality, and "#MeToo" is a devastating account of trauma that's made all the more harrowing by its beautiful melody and sweetly jangling guitars. For the closing tune, "Thanking About Ending" ventures into atmospheric, synth-heavy terrain.
Ghost Thoughts will unveil No Chill with a Vancouver release show on September 1 at Toast Collective. The show is $10 (or pay-what-you-can) and Devours, Maneater and Little Sprout are on the bill.
Listen to all of No Chill below.