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    Oh Man, Cover the Ground

    Limited Edition Of 1,000 Copies


    Pressed On Custom Lake Blue Vinyl


    Shana Cleveland is a rare artist who seems dismissive of time. Shes 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 Grounds 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, shes helmed a
    number of other music projects; most notably her revered Girls In The Garage-inspired
    band La Luz. In her downtime, shes 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 Grounds 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,
    Clevelands insistence on atmosphere over arbitrary numbers is a bold move.


    Oh Man, Cover The Grounds softly-stated melodies and breezy air operates on its own
    sense of time. Though the songs still settle comfortably into three-minute parcels, their
    gestation bucked at the convention of pop musics 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 albums development seems to defy the ephemeral haste that permeates so
    much contemporary music. The bulk of Oh Man, Cover The Ground was recorded in
    Shanas 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."

    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
    Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles
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    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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