0
FREE SHIPPING On Orders Over $49*
Search
Music > Vinyl > Shana Cleveland and Sandcastles - Oh Man, Cover the Ground (Vinyl LP)
Click to Enlarge

Shana Cleveland and Sandcastles Oh Man, Cover the Ground

(Vinyl LP)

$18.99
23Reward Points
Add to Cart
Availability:
Item: LDC13817
Description

Shana Cleveland And The Sandcastles Oh Man, Cover The Ground on Limited Edition Colored LP + Download

First Pressing on Colored Vinyl

Colored Copies Are Limited / Call To Confirm Colored Copies Are Still Available

Shana Cleveland is a rare artist who seems dismissive of time. Sheʼs been performing with a rotating batch of musicians tagged as The Sandcastles for years, and yet Oh Man, Cover The Ground is their first proper album. It would be easy to chalk up the delay behind the debut to a slacker lifestyle - Oh Man, Cover The Groundʼs laid-back vibe certainly suggests an extremely casual approach to songcraft. But Cleveland is no slacker. In the years since she first started playing out under her own name, sheʼs helmed a number of other music projects; most notably her revered Girls In The Garage-inspired band La Luz. In her downtime, sheʼs crafted a set of 37 trading cards dedicated to obscure acoustic guitarists and a calendar of drawings depicting rock bands of yesteryear. The glacial pace of Oh Man, Cover The Groundʼs development has little to do with work ethic and everything to do with doing things in a way that feels right. 

“I don't really think of it as a proper band,” says Cleveland. “The line-up has been different for almost every show depending on which arrangements I thought would be best for the atmosphere. Some shows I played alone; some with bass, clarinet, and backing vocals; some with the addition of drums, cello and piano. We've played shows really selectively throughout the last few years - just sticking to shows that I thought sounded really interesting. Like, I'd rather play these songs for people in their bedrooms or in a field at night than on a three band bill at a bar.” 

In an industry fixated on striking while the iron is hot, getting an artist in front of as many people in as short of a time as possible, Clevelandʼs insistence on atmosphere over arbitrary numbers is a bold move. Oh Man, Cover The Groundʼs softly-stated melodies and breezy air operates on itʼs own sense of time. Though the songs still settle comfortably into three-minute parcels, their gestation bucked at the convention of pop musicʼs stringent time format. “I'm really into meandering, fingerpicked open-tuned acoustic guitar, like John Fahey and Robbie Basho,” says Cleveland. “I started playing guitar in that style during a year right before I moved to Seattle when I was lonely and bummed out in the San Fernando Valley and found solace in spending long afternoons fingerpicking slow moving improvisations.” 

This casualness is evident in the music - you can hear it in the airy ambience of album opener “Butter & Eggs,” the gentle piano and strings accompaniment on the title track, the particularly Fahey-esque explorations of “Itching Around” and “SPATM.” But even the timeline of the albumʼs development seems to defy the ephemeral haste that permeates so much contemporary music. The bulk of Oh Man, Cover The Ground was recorded in Shanaʼs basement. “I wanted it to sound casual and kind of loose like my favorite folk albums, so we didn't practice much before recording and a few of the musicians were playing the songs for the first time.” 

Shana Cleveland And The Sandcastles Oh Man, Cover The Ground Track Listing:

1.  Butter & Eggs
2.  Holy Rollers
3.  Oh Man, Cover The Ground
4.  Itching Around
5.  Potato Chips
6.  Golden Days
7.  (Death Riff)
8.  SPATM
9.  Rounding The Block
10. City To City
11. Sucking Stones
12. Quiet As Skin
13. Change In The Ocean

         


Read More Less
Related Videos
Music Direct - How We Pack Your Records
Music Direct - How We Pack Your Records
Music Direct - How to Clean Your Records
Music Direct - How to Clean Your Records
Read More Less
Related Articles
1. Butter & Eggs
2. Holy Rollers
3. Oh Man, Cover The Ground
4. Itching Around
5. Potato Chips
6. Golden Days
7. (Death Riff)
8. SPATM
9. Rounding The Block
10. City To City
11. Sucking Stones
12. Quiet As Skin
13. Change In The Ocean






Reviews (0)

You must logged in to ask a question, vote on a question, or answer a question. Click here to login.

Stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in high-end audio

Catalog

Check out the newest Music Direct catalogs

Learn More
Copyright © MusicDirect.com 2016. All Rights Reserved.