alexander shields prefers his folk music with a spectral glint. at the helm of a grave with no name, the london songwriter directs compositions capable of lingering for hours after completion, haunting the depths of an audience’s collective consciousness.
take “when i pass through here,” the second single off of his forthcoming album passover, as an example: the stuttering tremolo of shields’ electric guitar melds into foundational percussive brushstrokes, creating a potent vessel for shields to explore a theme of fleeting existence and its implications. augmented with pedal steel swells and the timbral richness of a cello, “when i pass through here” evokes an eeriness and immediacy distinctly within the trajectory of a grave with no name.
passoveris out january 19th via forged artifacts. listen to “when i pass through here” below.
alexander shields has finished a new album under his a grave with no name moniker, wooden mask, due out august 12th via minneapolis imprint forged artifacts. the album’s first single, “wedding dress,” accompanied its initial announcement and burned slowly, weaving haunting stabs of dissonant guitar through a steadfast andante tempo; now, shields has offered up another cut entitled “house,” and it’s equally eerie, with a mournful, more pronounced lead vocal sitting at the helm of an ambient wash of clean guitars and spacious percussion. take a listen below.
alexander shields makes incredibly pensive and methodical music as a grave with no name, the kind of output that would feel right at home on a label like forged artifacts. appropriately, the minneapolis imprint will be releasing shields’ newest album, wooden mask, on august 12th. tethered to today’s announcement is the unveiling of “wedding dress,” a slow-burning lead single hinging on an eerie yet positively bucolic aesthetic that, at times, tempts shields’ lead vocal back into the forest’s underbrush, to be forever consumed by an expanse of ominous guitar motifs. take a listen to the track below.