The Autumn Roses reviews Shells’ single “Treading Water”


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 Shells’ single “Treading Water”


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.

SONG PREMIERE: Speak Into My Good Eye streams Ready Astronaut’s “Purple Pill”

Speak Into My Good Eye premieres Ready Astronaut‘s new track “Purple Pill,” from the self-titled debut album out on November 4th on CD and digital formats, praising the song’s “skittering, convention bucking rhythms and smokey, hard rock guitars [that] lend the record a genuine quality.”

SONG PREMIERE: The Deli Magazine premieres Ready Astronaut’s song “Somewhere We Exist”

The Deli Magazine premieres “Somewhere We Exist,” the first single from Ready Astronaut, the new project from The Slowdown’s Josh Johnson, from the self-titled debut album, officially out on CD and digital formats on Nov. 4th. The Deli praises the song’s “varied selection of tones and timbres. Countless strings, keys, and a melodic lead guitar weave a maypole around the periphery while the track is driven by Johnson’s wispy voice, an acoustic guitar, and solid percussion work.”

// Ready Astronaut media page //