Indie Spotlight: Shenandoah and the Night

Posted in News on September 11, 2011

Distinctive NYC-based quintet Shenandoah and the Night are a moody pop offering, drawing on everything from doo wop, old time rhythm and blues, folk and country to retro-fitted German cabaret. Led by the bewitching singer/songwriter/producer Shenandoah Ableman (of the San Francisco-based Yard Dogs Road Show), Shenandoah and the Night offer a haunting, noir-ish sound counter-balanced by bursts of joy and infectious energy. Four of the five songs on the group’s self-titled EP were written by Ableman herself: “So Fine,” “All the Beautiful Ladies,” “These Arms” and “So Long.” The EP’s lone cover track, the 1908 John Lomax find “Dink’s Song,” a.k.a. “Fare Thee Well,” maintains the original’s broken-hearted longing, coaxed through a cleverly uplifting doo wop arrangement.