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The Shapes / Press

“The hybrid Americana rock and spaghetti Western-style country track “California Dinosaur” longs for a simpler time when trains were the kings of coastal transportation. Another more personal track, “Sailing Away,” takes the theme of longing even further. “It’s based on the story of my grandfather,” Alex says. “He left home when he was 14, back during The Great Depression. ... that idea of longing for something better and then constantly having that change as you grow."”

“Tracks like “Take Me Home” zero in on the band’s sometimes country-rock sound and their aforementioned penchant for writing love songs, and the laid-back folk of “Sky Pilot” shows how easygoing, lighthearted and fun the band’s music can be.”

“On a recent morning she sat in her small living room teasing songs out of her Martin guitar, Thompson's voice weaving with hers as the rain thrummed outside. Lloyd's voice was pure and soulful as she sang of longing, of the strength of love, of uphill struggles. "Beach folk" is what some call her style. "What's unique about Ashley's voice is the intention behind it," said Santa Cruz musician Ron Work. "She comes from a real heartfelt perspective. For Ashley, it's all heart all the time."”

Peggy Townsend - Santa Cruz Style

“Ashley's latest endeavor is a recently finished, collaborative album with fellow musician and fiancè Alex Thompson. Her new band, The Shapes, is a natural evolution of the lovely, stripped-down, acoustic arrangements of Serenata. This new set of songs takes on a richer, more complex sound, as instruments are added and the layers emerge. "My music has always started with vocals and guitar, but now its heavier on the bass and drums. The sound has gotten fuller, more dimensional," she says. "And the music feels, well, more mature." A renowned surfer, fully-realized shaper, and accomplished musician with two records slowly circulating the glove, Ashley has found a way to truly live her loves-far from convention, and exactly how she might have imagined.”

"... I realize that I don't have to choose between music or shaping or...I am learning time management!" Her laughter sounds like sunshine. This new found balance is a blessing, since her time now, more than ever, is constrained by many projects. She is shaping custom orders for a growing list of clients, and her new band, The Shapes, in which she has teamed up with fiancè Alex Thompson, has lately released its Americana-infused freshman album. Ashley has also recently returned from Japan, where she attended the premiere of her collaborative art exhibition for Ron Herman Japan. While in Japan, Ashley also demo'd her shaping and played music on the road. The ever present hum of Ashley's creative heart is radiating and expanding globally, through her music, her shaping and in her every interaction.

“Lloyd Thompson has also worked as a musician the past few years. She married fellow surfer Alex Thompson in June and shares songwriting and lead vocal duties with him in their band, The Shapes”