Shana Falana is an experimental dream pop/shoegaze/psychedelic band from Kingston, New York. The front of the band is Shana Falana, who spent the last several years living in Brooklyn and playing in lots of widely varying bands. She says that she liked to keep things lively by being in “a sludge rock band, a Bulgarian women’s choir, and a dreamy organ and guitar duo”. She recorded and self-released a bunch of stuff in her bedroom on which she played a bunch of instruments. Her main thing, though, is the guitar. She recently teamed up with drummer Michael Amari after the two met at a garden party and bonded over their mutual love for Bauhaus. Because they’re the sophisticated kind of goth kids.
The Shana Falana band recently signed to Team Love Records, which is based in the tiny town of New Paltz, New York. That’s a town that I’d never heard of until about three months ago. This year, I’ve featured Diet Cig and Quarterbacks, who are both from New Paltz, and now this. Team Love proudly released the Shana Falana “debut” record Set Your Lightning Fire Free today after receiving loads of advance praise for the album.
She decided to do everything quickly The story is that she spent only about one week in the studio recording the music. She operated under the principle of “get it done and don’t look back”. She recorded the vocals herself in various non-studio locations.
However she/they got it done, the result is fantastic. There’s a lot of shimmering 1990s-style dream pop goodness combined with some toughness and confidence. It’s got brains, brawn, and beauty. There’s something about Shana’s voice that’s reminiscent of something 90s, but I can’t put a finger on it yet. It’s kinda driving me crazy. In a good way.
“Heavenstay” by Shana Falana
Falana’s vocals are really airy but strong. With all the delay and reverb and everything else that’s done to the vocal track, it’s like a lot of the stuff that I played on college radio back in the 90s. Those were the golden years. The guitar and bass are nice and chunky, and there are lots of layers to what’s going on with the drumming. I really like everything about this. No nonsense. Just a solid song.
The album is available on vinyl or digital download from the Team Love web shop here. Personally, I had a stroke of bad luck with the download that I purchased, but I trust that Team Love will remedy the situation. eMusic doesn’t have this, but Amazon does. That’s a safe, reliable alternate.
As an aside, the artwork for this album reminds me a lot of something that I would expect to see inside a Neutral Milk Hotel album liner notes.
You can also download all of Shana’s previous releases via her bandcamp page by naming your price.