Dan Vidmar AKA: Shy Girls, the Portland/LA songwriter, vocalist, and producer has announced his debut full-length Salt. The full-length drops January 20, via Hit City U.S.A. and follows his 4WZ mixtape and Timeshare EP. Shy Girls’ tour starts on January 24th in Brooklyn, NY.
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Hit City U.S.A.
2. You Like The Pain Too
3. Watercolor Dreams
4. Trivial Motion
5. Why I Love
6. Say You Will
7. What If I Can
9. I Am Only A Man
Singer/producer Dan Vidmar, a.k.a. Shy Girls, presents his anticipated debut album, Salt.
For an LP likely to be placed in the R&B aisle, Salt is noticeably impressionistic. At times it bears the painterly, frank essence of a Blue / Court and Spark Joni Mitchell. At others, it strides toward the progressive and cinematic. There is a striking viscerality in the crashing percussion and detuned piano of “I Am Only A Man” and in the hypnotic woodwind outro of “What If I Can.” The mournful guitar dressing “Watercolor Dreams” seems to nod to Ennio Morricone — like a future-Western ballad. And even in the stark songs that bookend the album, Vidmar delivers swelling sentiment fit for the screen.
Despite its sonic magnitude, Salt never surrenders its intimacy. Salt was self-produced by Vidmar, who also played and recorded the majority of its instrumentation. The beautiful result is a testament to craftsmanship executed almost single-handedly by one author. Rife with tender imperfections, at its core Vidmar’s heartrending vocals are still as silken as ever, as the singer reaches new heights.
Lyrically, Vidmar explores the ambiguous territory in which many so-called “millennials” find themselves, hovering somewhere amidst a pre-internet nostalgia and post-recession tech absorption. He takes an honest and unflinching look at the tension between growth and decay, existential-level FOMO, and the nagging inertia of time.
1/24: Barboza – Seattle, WA
1/25: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
1/27: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
1/28: Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
2/08: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
2/09: Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
2/10: Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY