Visit Awhile At Shy Girls' Timeshare

Friday, November 8, 2013

A bumper crop of falsettos have happened as of late to where it's a little hard to keep 'em all straight at times. Still there shouldn't be a mistake when it comes to Shy Girls, the nom de plumb of Portland audio craftsman Dan Vidmar, who has made his brand of bedroom R&B into some of the lushest around.

His latest EP, Timeshare, is six songs of heartache and lust, that probe into long-lost corners of '80s and '90s slow jams, some notes cribbed from Prince, Wham!, and D'Angelo at their most serene. As low-key as it is, there is shivering intensity throughout, even some good ol' fashioned New Jack Swing style begging and pleading that would make Keith 'Sweat' for being challenged.

Already acquainted singles like "Still Not Falling" and "Second Heartbeat" are a snapshot of what has been lost in mainstream R&B (you know, a goddamn feeling of desire) while "Voyeur's Gaze" and "When I Say I Love You" rebuild the sensual formula without sounding so explicit (see The Weeknd). Obvious highlight is "Under Attack" which is so unapologetic with its '80s influence that it has charged it up further with a wailing sax solo, just in case the harmonies alone weren't enough to confirm that it's 1985 in 2013. For those who wish the PM hours were longer, Timeshare extends that nocturnal crave just a bit further.

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