WHEN: Out Now
Shannon Wardrop has a badass last name and is also a singer-songwriter from the outskirts of London. Her influences include The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, the Kinks and Small Faces and well, she sounds awesome. In 2013 she released her debut EP Medicine and on the 20th she followed it up with her new EP Cloud 9, and that is what we will be checking out today.
The influences certainly ring through from the beginning as opening track I Wanna Be Your Lady kicks in with a stomping drum beat and harsh guitar strikes that soon mellows out into the hazier times of music back in the 60’s and 70s. Shannon’s vocals have a great nostalgic quality to them and the vocal harmonies in general help build up and execute a great amount of momentum which sees the track explode into a sweet guitar solo and just, wow. It’s such a good start to the EP.
Supernova eases into the swing of things with a simple but grooving bassline taking centre stage alongside a laid back drum beat while Shannon’s vocals do the talking. This is such a great, relaxed tune with some brilliant bluegrassy guitars slipping and sliding all over the place, and the way everything just blooms into this lush soundscape full of harmony, bluesy goodness basslines full of life which slips into another great guitar solo makes everything about this song even better.
Cloud 9 closes off with its title track which showcases more of the bluesy side of Shannon Wardrop’s sound with a riff that oozes coolness and definitely pays homage to the heyday of the 60’s and 70’s. This EP has been an absolute joy to listen to, and in a time where most female singer-songwriters showcased seemingly come forth with no personality or character it’s just wonderful to know that ladies like Shannon Wardrop still exist amongst the blandness. If I had to round this review into one sentence, I would say it’s like I’m on Cloud 9. For more music reviews, free downloads and terribly obvious puns check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.