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Shida Shahabi - Futō
Fat Cat Records

A wonderfully immersive suite of five stunning new tracks, ‘Shifts’ expands upon Swedish-Iranian pianist / composer Shida Shahabi’s debut album and confirms her as a genuine new force in contemporary piano music. A year on from her debut, ‘Shifts’ sees Shida continue to mine her beloved old JG Malmsjö upright piano as a source of warmth and character. Without radically departing from the ‘Homes’ blueprint, this time around her palette is expanded, with the opening three tracks seeing the prominent addition of cello, provided by Linnea Olsson. The timbre and tone of Olsson’s cello perfectly complements and adds emotional resonance to Shida’s own playing, with the two interlocking beautifully. From the opening bars of first track ‘Futō’, the mechanics of the piano are again clearly audible, with a wonderfully visceral recording revealing intimate acoustic details and imperfections - the hiss / fuzz of tape machinery, the creaking and clanking of the piano’s pedals, hammers and keys. Recorded by Shida and Elias Krantz in various Stockholm locations, the record was mixed by Hampus Norén and mastered at Calyx by Francesco Donadello (Jóhann Jóhannsson, Modeselektor & Tom Yorke, A winged Victory for the Sullen, Dustin O'Halloran, Lubomyr Melnyk, Hauchka, etc). 'Shifts' is released on 130701 on 8th November on vinyl and digital formats. The EP will be released in Scandinavia via the Sing A Song Fighter label.