Shady Elders ‘The Night Air’

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Shady Elders
The Night Air
Independent
4 out of 5 stars

In an oft-quoted line Westword wrote that the vocals of Shady Elders’ frontwoman Fox Rodemich sounded “like a drugged out Ella Fitzgerald.” While the line is witty and fitting it doesn’t even begin to explain the beauty of Rodemich’s voice or the command that it dictates on Shady Elders’ newest EP The Night Air. Far and above the most important instrument on the recording, Rodemich’s mythical, siren-esque voice takes the dark dream-pop of the group’s music and drapes it in thick, heavy velvet.

Supporting her are drummer Nick Berlin, bassist Casey Banker, formerly of The Don’ts and Be Carefuls, and guitarist Miles Eichner formerly of Tulip Wars, who all combine to lay the solid groundwork that Rodemich gets to float above. Still, she floats in darkness. Even when the songs are at their brightest — and there are several bright, almost sing-songy moments — there’s something that still makes Shady Elders material seem distant and hidden in a dimly lit corner.

Shady Elders - The Night Air

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In an oft-quoted line Westword wrote that the vocals of Shady Elders’ frontwoman Fox Rodemich sounded “like a drugged out Ella Fitzgerald.” While the line is witty and fitting it doesn’t even begin to explain the beauty of Rodemich’s voice or the command that it dictates on Shady Elders’ newest EP The Night Air. Far and above the most important instrument on the recording, Rodemich’s mythical, siren-esque voice takes the dark dream-pop of the group’s music and drapes it in thick, heavy velvet.

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