Paper Bag Records Brings Sally Shapiro's Disco Romance to North America

Paper Bag Records Brings Sally Shapiro's <i>Disco Romance</i>  to North America
Paper Bag Records has signed on to release Italo disco sensation Sally Shapiro's debut full-length Disco Romance on October 16.

For those who already bought the album on import when it was released late last year on Swedish label Diskokaine, Paper Bag has given you three reasons to buy it again. The North American version will include three brand new tracks - "Skating in the Moonshine”, "He Keeps Me Alive” and "Jackie Jackie” - as well as the extended version of her single "I’ll Be By Your Side.”

Here's the press release:

"Paper Bag Records is pleased to announce the track listing and release of Swedish singer Sally Shapiro’s 2007 debut Disco Romance in North America, on October 30 in the US and October 16 in Canada. The album was written and produced by Johan Agebjörn and saw its breakthrough European release last year, making an impact around the globe.  The release will feature three brand new tracks: "Skating in the Moonshine”, "He Keeps Me Alive” and "Jackie Jackie”, as well as the extended version of the single that started it all, "I’ll Be By Your Side”, previously only available on vinyl.

  The European release of Disco Romance was met with overwhelming praise, earning an 8.5/10 and "Best New Music” at Pitchforkmedia in early 2007, a number 11 position in the iTunes US electronic charts and numerous featured interviews in publications such as Vice and XLR8R magazine’s with the reserved and ambiguous Shapiro. Among others enthusiasts were the Village Voice and The San Francisco Bay Guardian, who claimed, "Fans of St. Etienne and Annie should run out and buy it before they've finished reading this sentence. (It’s an) early contender for album of the year.”

Sally Shapiro has remained somewhat of an enigma and a mystery to her followers.  She has, for example, turned up to her own release party incognito, and is rarely photographed.  From a relationship born out of mere office acquaintances in 2001, Shapiro and Johan Agebjörn found common ground in 2004 when an exchange of mix tapes revealed their shared musical taste which included such artists as Madonna, Limahl, Visage, Savage and Fun Fun.  Eventually "I’ll Be By Your Side”, the single penned by Agebjörn, premiered on the popular Swedish P3.  The care put into this new version will further secure its place as one of the year’s most heartfelt and utterly irresistible albums."

Disco Romance track listing:

1. I'll Be By Your Side (Extended Mix) 2. I Know 3. Find My Soul 4. Time to Let Go 5. Anorak Christmas 6. He Keeps Me Alive 7. Hold Me So Tight 8. Skating in the Moonshine 9. Jackie Jackie (Spend This Winter With Me) 10. Sleep in My Arms