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VJQC Score: N/A
Artist: SHACKS
Album Name: HAZE
Record Label: BIG CROWN
Genre: ROCK
Format: VINYL LP
Release Date: 3/30/2018

Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Fronted by 19-year-old singer/bassist Shannon Wise and 21-year-old guitarist/producer Max Shrager, The Shacks are already well on their way to becoming one of the year's big breakouts, and their remarkable debut album, Haze, solidifies their status as a band with ability to deliver on the well-deserved buzz. Produced together by Shrager and Big Crown co-founder Leon Michels, the album was recorded in bits and pieces between Shrager s basement and Michels' Diamond Mine studio, which the Observer dubbed the Shangri La of Soul. Much like a dream, the songs often merge the familiar and the unfamiliar, constructing their own psychedelic reality full of beauty and yearning, all fueled by Wise's breathy vocals and the unmistakable electricity of a wildly creative band truly inhabiting their music. Through it all permeates an unshakable sense that this is a group performing just for you. Nobody finds the Shacks re-interpreting Phil Spector's Wagnerian approach to rock 'n' roll, complete with sweeping strings and darkly innocent lyrics. The 13 songs featured on Haze plays out like the soundtrack to some long lost 16mm film, beckoning you into their grainy, saturated world of analog beauty.