New Music // Sally Shapiro

11 May

Sally Shapiro is probably the purest example of the Italo disco revival going on today, and probably the most charming. Sally Shapiro is a pseudonym for the anonymous Swedish vocalist working with producer Johan Agebjörn. The stage name was created to provide a comfortable level of anonymity for a person who prefers to avoid the spotlight, so much so that she will only record her vocals if Johan leaves the studio. And that’s part of the charm of this project. There’s a humbleness, sincerity and innocence to her personality and lyrics that is often hard to find in pop music these days. While most pop musicians gravitate towards the stage and stardom she shies away from it, and that’s what draws you in.

Johan Agebjörn’s production is smooth, sophisticated and catchy. His rhythms are subtle and understated, there are no club bangers here, but that leaves room for his melodies and spacey sounds to take center stage. His production is the best example of new Italo disco happening right now, and his partnership with Sally is one of those rare chemical reactions that creates something unique and special.

Sally tried to take her music on the road, giving her fans a little access, but after a couple shows she admitted what she already knew, it’s just not for her, and she bowed out of the rest of the short tour, leaving Johan to DJ the remaining gigs. She was quoted as saying “What if you just want to be a normal person with a normal job, record songs on the weekends, and spend the holidays picking blueberries instead of going on tour”.

I guess we’ll just have to accept Sally Shapiro’s music on her terms, and that’s fine with me.

 

Sally Shapiro – Miracle

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3 Responses to “New Music // Sally Shapiro”

  1. shamtest May 14, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    I can’t seem to access this post from my smartphone!!!!

    • SilentShout May 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      Hey Shamtest, I’m not sure what the problem would be but I’ll definitely look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. toasty redhead May 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I agree 100%

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