Shannon Lay

August

Sub Pop

Released: 29th August 2019

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There is an entire sub-genre of poetry devoted to rivers and their persistent,
meditative flow. Emily Dickinson’s ‘My River Runs to Thee’ compares them to
the cycle of life, while Alfred Tennyson’s ‘The Brook’ deems them eternal
and Kathleen Raine’s ‘The River’ muses on the dream-state they evoke. For
transcendent folk pop artist Shannon Lay, the river is all of the above: It’s
the metaphor driving her latest album, the exquisitely uplifting ‘August’,
which doubles as an aural baptism renewing her purpose for making music. “I always picture music as this river. Everyone’s throwing things into this
river, it’s a place you can go to and feed off of that energy,” she says, “and
feel nourished by the fact that so many people are feeling what you’re
feeling. It’s this beautiful exchange.”
The album’s name, ‘August’, refers to the month in 2017 when Lay quit her
day job and fully gave herself over to music. This was her liberation as an
artist and the album is devoted to paying that forward to her listeners. Lay
may be the most chilled-out artist you’ll ever meet. Despite fronting her
tranquil solo act and being a guitarist/singer in the indie rock band Feels,
she never pressures herself to overachieve. Nonetheless, she regularly does:
in a glowing review, Pitchfork anointed her last album, ‘Living Water’,
“captivating.