Single of the week: Shannon Lay – A Thread to Find review

by Philip Moss

‘I never dreamed I could dream to know a dream – I found another world beneath that stormy sea…’

On new single, A Thread to Find, Shannon Lay searches for the real and finds it, as she hones in on the ways in which humans can grow – regardless of the circumstance.

If previous album, August, released almost exactly two years ago to the day, was a celebration, then A Thread to Find is a realisation – emphasised by its weightless contentment. ‘You’re on your own, but not alone,’ Lay sings as the song floats to its conclusion – denoting the positivity in her outlook, which is present in both in lyrical and musical tone. She understands that she won’t get everything her own way, but has no expectations of this – as her voice modestly soars with a confidence and a crystal clarity that’s only aided by the host of musical friends who back her both on this offering and upcoming long player, Geist, alike – with Woods’ Justin Tavinere (Purple Mountains) on production duties, as well as Ty Segall and Ben Boye (Bonnie Prince Billy) also amongst the credits. Another splendid single to be lifted from her upcoming fourth solo album, Geist is shaping up to be a real must listen.

New album, Geist, is out on 8th October through Sub Pop, and she will also play St Pancras Old Church, London, on 15th November.

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