Published Jan 20, 2016Edmonton-bred singer-songwriter Shuyler Jansen recently relocated to Vancouver and is revving up to release his latest LP The Long Shadow later this week. But before it officially hits shelves, Exclaim! is giving you an early listen to the album in its entirety.
The new record serves as a "farewell to the Prairies" and was made in the dead of winter at a self-assembled studio in rural Saskatchewan. Jansen brought the studio to life with help from Scott Franchuk and David Carswell, and the rare microphone collection of the Deep Dark Woods' Chris Mason.
Thematically, the new songs are haunted by the shadows of "old friends, jobs, loves, towns, vices, grudges," while sonically, Jansen pulls from an array of genres and influences.
He weaves gentle folk balladry between moments of twangy Americana, distorted guitar rock, romantic waltzes, heavy blues, and even sprinklings of synth-pop. You can hear him bring all of these influences together into a cohesive and captivating single package by streaming The Long Shadow right now in the player below.
The album is officially out on January 22 through Big White Cloud.