On the second single and title track off debut EP ‘New Bones,’ Shells show ambition, honesty, and an incredible way of reflecting upon past experiences and learning from them…Writing about heartache is definitely not a new feat, but it is hard to find someone who addresses the topic with such maturity as Shells do.
Download the 2nd single from their forthcoming album CREMATION SONGS, out 7/7/17 on Plume Records on LP/CD/DL.
I wrote ‘Cloud Man Calling’ after doing some music with my friend Shenadoah for this theater event called The Crystal Palace. It was a bizarre interactive tour through this old building in Seattle with different characters and winter-themed rooms. We had our synthesizers set up in this stairwell where we played little jingles wearing these stupid silver suits with our faces painted white. After the performance, I liked the idea of writing a song about Cloud Man–whatever he/it is, still a mystery to me.
The Autumn Roses reviews Shells’ new single “Treading Water”:
“Tinged with melancholy and melodically complex, ‘Treading Water’ is her generous, intelligent and brand-new single…”
Vents Magazine premieres “Treading Water,” the first single off the debut release from Shells (Kansas City singer/songwriter Riley Brown and producer Ready Astronaut):
“…upbeat melodies and haunting vibes that reminds you right away of bands and artists such as Wolf Alice and Regina Spektor.”
Postpartum depression at 22 is what opened my creative floodgates. I started writing most of the songs on New Bones right after my son was born when I was feeling a little bit blue and only changed out of my pajamas once a week (maybe). A couple songs came from ideas that I’d held onto from a painful experience in a relationship involving infidelity. In early 2015 when I started writing New Bones I was a new mother, newlywed, recent college-graduate living in a family member’s basement with my husband, who was trying to finish graduate school. I would say that “melancholy” is a theme that ties the lyrical content of the EP together, but not all of the songs sound like total downers. I carried the mentality that all of these doors had suddenly slammed shut in my life but writing this music brought peace that I desperately needed during that time.