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Geist by Shannon Lay

Shannon Lay

Geist

Release Date: Oct 8, 2021

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Sub Pop

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Geist

Great, Based on 3 Critics

Pitchfork - 77
Based on rating 7.7/10

Earlier this year, the transcendental folk musician Shannon Lay performed a tarot reading for her fourth solo album, Geist. In a video posted to her Patreon, she revealed one of the deck's most dramatic and foreboding images: two figures plummeting from a burning castle struck by lightning--the Tower card, known in some decks as the Tower of Destruction, said to be a harbinger of violent and sundering change. Geist, an album largely focused on spiritual shifts and ruptures, is a quiet, lovely, undramatic rendering of the dramatic.

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Dusted Magazine
Opinion: Excellent

Photo by Kai MacKnight Geist by Shannon Lay Geist is album number four from LA-based singer-songwriter Shannon Lay, and her second for Sub Pop following 2019's August. The basic guitar and vocal tracks were recorded by Jarvis Taveniere (Woods), then musicians Ben Boye (Ty Segall), Devin Hoff (Sharon Van Etten), Sofia Arreguin (Wand) and Aaron Otheim (Mega Bog) added further instrumental layers. At the heart of it all, Lay's voice flows coolly in multi-tracked waves over deftly fingerpicked nylon-string guitar, with understated support from the other musicians.

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Clash Music
Opinion: Very Good

There is delicate warmth to 'Geist's textured ruminations. A modern re-working of the long-preserved nylon-stringed folk tradition, as Shannon Lay seeks transcendence in the solace of the natural world - observing wild suns and bright stars whilst traversing the seasons of her own conjured placeless environment. For much of the record, Lay opts for minimalist pastoral tones which she imbues with a light-touching, formless, sonic landscape - always underpinned by a softly picked acoustic melody at its heart.

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