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Shenandoah and the Night / Press

“Premiering today on The Wild Honey Pie is the breathtaking new video for Shenandoah and the Night’s “So Low, So High”. Building on the already gorgeous, string-brimmed track, which was written “during a rather dark period” in Shenandoah Ableman’s life, the video is quite literally an homage to the presence of color and light even in the darkness. Ableman dances and smiles, celebrating progress in the midst of struggle — “Little steps bring us closer, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time,” she explains. Also, paying tribute to Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”, “So Low, So High” is also an ode to the beauty of courage, a sentiment only further enhanced by this radiant, stunning video. The first line of the song sums up her message nicely, “Hold your head up high with no end in sight…””

“Last year, our friends over at Family Records began a single series called One Track Mind in which they team up with an up-and-coming artist and put out just one track (duh). In the past, they’ve teamed up with the elegant Lacrymosa as well as enigmatic British band Anothers Blood, but they might just have outdone themselves with their latest. Shenandoah and the Night is a Brooklyn-based four piece whose single, “So Low, So High”, is a lush composition that brings to the table obvious glimpses of Florence and the Machine and, to a lesser degree, Ellie Goulding. Frontwoman Shenandoah Ableman’s daring vocals are paired quite perfectly with powerful percussion and carefully arranged strings, making the song a sprawling 3 minute masterpiece. You can buy the song for 79¢ on the Family Records website (here) or just stream it below.”

“C’est souvent quand on s’y attend le moins que surviennent ces petits moments touchés par la grâce… Il y a une semaine, je fouinais péniblement sur Bandcamp, dans l’espoir de découvrir quelques petites perles musicales. Alors que je me perdais en clics infructueux, une voix est venue tout éclairer, celle de Shenandoah Ableman. Pendant un moment, le temps a semblé ralentir et je me suis laissé envoûter sans compter par le charme du premier cinq titres de ce groupe New-Yorkais.... Et depuis je ne me lasse pas d’écouter encore et encore le surprenant So Fine, qui m’a interpellé dès la première écoute… mais aussi le plus classique (et pour cause, il s’agit d’un traditionnel) Dink’s Song, l’envoûtant All The Beautiful Ladies, le plus entraînant So Long et enfin le déchirant These Arms. C’est sans doute pour des situations comme celle-là qu’a été inventée l’expression « coup de cœur »…”

“It’s a little hard to listen to the airy baroque pop of Shenandoah and the Night and not imagine the majestic national park and valley of the same name. Perhaps it’s because the three-year-old Brooklyn quartet’s music evokes an evening in the Shenandoah Valley: lush, starry and filled with nocturnal cool. It may come as a surprise then that the “Shenandoah” in the band’s name refers to frontwoman Shenandoah Ableman, a seasoned cabaret jazz singer who shifted from performing in burlesque shows to leading the group in early 2011. Ableman is joined in the group by drummer Sean Hutchinson, guitarist Seth Johnson and multi-instrumentalist and back-up vocalist Mitchell Yoshida. Shenandoah and the Night’s self-titled EP was released last May. The four-piece followed up the debut five-track of doo wop, rhythm-and-blues and country-inflected pop with a new single, “So Low, So High,” which came out last week. The catchy, optimistic tune is available for download above.”

“Shenandoah Ableman has the rare ability to turn any genre into a voluptuous experience. Comfortable singing in front of styles ranging from German cabaret to doo wop, her quintet Shenandoah & the Night are bringing sexy back... one sultry style at a time. The band's new self-titled debut EP showcases this sensuality with deep confidence through a series of songs steeped in the tradition of American folk, but featuring a very un-American, almost overwhelming, nostalgic power - in the most literal and decadent definition of "romanticism". These songs ("So Fine" and "All The Beautiful Ladies" deserve a honorable mention) make us flirt with "dangerous" thoughts like the fragility of love, the desire for the lost past, the unreachability of perfect happiness, our vain but primary quest for beauty. They might not make us jump or feel happy - but the do make us feel alive. Can you afford to ignore it? - See Shenandoah & the Night live at Southpaw on June 30th.”

“Based on the name alone, it would be easy to get the impression this is some sort of old school folk outfit, named for the celebrated river that inspired the traditional tune of the same name. As for The Night… Appropriately, Shenandoah Ableman is the star of this show, and if her handle seems somewhat unconventional, her delivery is anything but. She’s a soul singer in the truest sense, zealous and invested, a talent whose twist of a phrase and adroit enunciation indicates she’s well versed in her craft. From the searing first stanzas of “So Fine,” through “Dink’s Song” and its resplendent serenade, and on to the torch song testimonial “All the Beautiful Ladies,” Ableman’s powerful performances create a consistently emphatic impression. With all due respect to her colleagues, Shenandoah makes The Night shine bright.”

“Shenandoah Ableman may be a trained jazz vocalist, but her biggest education has come as a member of the traveling cabaret, the Yard Dogs Road Show. As a burlesque performer and singer in the San Francisco-based group for nearly a decade, the leggy brunette fan-danced her way across the country. She left that group in January to focus on her own band, Shenandoah and the Night, though you can still find remnants of that vaudeville showmanship in her new gig… Now that she’s out on her own, Ableman’s haunting voice is front and center, a Grace Slick-meets-Cat Power combination. She’s been bringing her soulful, doo-wop sound all over the borough as of late, from the Red Hook Bait and Tackle to Spike Hill to Brooklyn Bowl, next up on April 23...The singer’s also been busy at work on the band’s new self-titled EP, out on May 15, which draws in part on life on the road and the Yard Dog days… Shenandoah and the Night at Brooklyn Bowl April 23 at 9 pm. Tickets $10...”

“I know that Tara is our resident go to girl on hot new artists but I just had to give a shout out to my new fav band: Shenandoah and the Night. The music is sexy and smooth and for some reason inspires me to wish for downright hot weather just so I can listen to it out on my terrace sipping a Manhattan under the moonlight. Not to mention the fact that the band members are technically talented (not every band can say that– let’s be honest) with resumes that read like an introduction at the grammys. And let’s not forget (how could we?) that the three guys that back total hottie Shenandoah are a pretty wide variety of cute-as-hell themselves. So if you’re just that kind of guy / girl and you need a night of serious eye candy — come down to Rockwood Music Hall on the 31st (next Thursday). They’ll even throw in the soundtrack to your swoon.”

“Emotional. Gorgeous. Sad. Haunting. Celebratory. That’s how the front woman of Shenandoah and the Night describes the songs on the band’s forthcoming self-titled album (you can catch them live on Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl). Those serve it well, but we thought we’d also refer to the math of the Mus-o-meter to give you a sense of what this new act brings to the scene. Take the moody, husky vocals of Cat Power’s 2006 album, “The Greatest.” Then add the longing, melancholy lyrics of Feist’s 2004 break-out album, “Let It Die.” Then add a touch of doo-wop from The Shirelles 1961 debut, “Tonight’s the Night.” The result? Shenandoah and the Night’s new self-titled EP.”

“If you were to transport yourself to a smoky nightclub inside a Raymond Chandler novel, the band playing onstage would probably sound a lot like Shenandoah and the Night. Despite their hard-boiled doo-wop sound — reminiscent of Amy Winehouse's more seductive songs — this is a completely modern band. Fronted by sultry singer-songwriter Shenandoah Ableman, Shenandoah and the Night will woo you with their bewitching blend of noir-ish folk and classic soul. Ableman got her start as a member of the Yard Dogs Road Show, a traveling "hobo caberet" based out of San Francisco, and her burlesque chops shine in her new band's live show. Check out Shenandoah and the Night's eponymous debut EP and you'll agree that the nighttime is the right time for this up-and-coming Brooklyn act. Note: Advance tickets for this show are sold out. A limited number of tickets will be available at the box office at doors open at 6:00pm on the night of the show.”

“...I came into the show midway through the set by opening act Shenandoah and the Night, and entered at a particularly eye-catching moment, just as vocalist Shenandoah Abelman was engaging in a seductive dance number involving giant plumed hand-held fans and a minor amount of PG-rated stripping. The whole vibe was kinda like if Cat Power or Feist took a burlesque class and set what they learned to a cool indie-rock soundtrack. How she waved those ostrich feathers while holding onto a microphone that she sang into while dancing I’ll never know. It was a nice bit of multi-tasking.”

“Offering a scintillating mix of melancholy and joy, Shenandoah and the Night are touching down at Red Hook Bait and Tackle on March 12 and following it up with an arrivalat Rock wood on March 31. When choosing musicians for her band, Shenandoah Ableman looked for players that would help establish a sound that “draws on doo wop, old R&B and some country” on their self titled debut. With this in mind, she hired Seth Johnson, Miles Mullen, Sean Hutchinson and Kwame Brandt-Pierce. The show starts at 9 p.m. on the 12th and midnight on the 31 s t.”