Released November 13, 2015
Due to exams, the last and first part of a year always becomes a stressful affair for university students all over the country, myself included. That said, some interesting EPs and albums were released in that period last year, and they for sure deserve a review – one of these is Shy Shy Shy’s EP ‘Love Songs’.
The Skive-bred, Copenhagen-based indie-pop outfit consisting of Astrid Cordes and Simon Kjeldgaard has previously been praised by the online blogosphere, played at Oppenheimer 2015 in September. Furthermore, they have been recommended in Karrierekanonen and featured on ‘Debut on P6’ with an hour-long interview.
On November 13 last year, they returned to the scene with their rather short EP. It is consisting of 5 songs, and has a combined length equivalent to a bus ride from one of Aarhus’ suburbs to the center of the city; 18-20 minutes in total, with only two tracks spanning more than four minutes.
With ‘Love Songs’ you can experience a duo going back to the 80s. In combination, they present light, danceable, playful rhythms; vibes that make you think of the pastel-colored eighties and roller-skating girls at Miami Beach – even though it is minus degrees and snowy outside my windows. It is uplifting. All five tracks follow the same flow, but especially ‘Do Not Ask’ and ‘Soft & Hard’ stand out as the EPs strongest songs. With its characteristic uplifting sound of a person whistling ‘Do No Ask’ will be stuck in your head for many hours. In opposition, the Stratocaster-ish guitar sounds on ‘Soft & Hard’ makes it more suitable for the late hours between day and night. Unfortunately, the remaining three tracks keep the same phase and musical style, which makes it hard to distinguish between them. It becomes more or less the same experience.
The result is an EP as soft and creamy as a dessert. On one hand ‘Love Songs’ is delicious massage for the ears, irresistible and highly necessary on the Danish music scene – they are certainly talented musicians. However, on the other hand, it becomes too much of the same taste. For this reason, the uniformity and the homogeneity of Shy Shy Shy’s five tracks are dangerously close to where we are now. There are many perspectives on musical uniformity; some reviewers love it; others need more variations to create a story – I find myself in the latter category. This is certainly something that Astrid and Simon should be aware of when it is time to bring together a full album, or an extended album, in the future. In short, a lovely little debut EP that for sure lays the foundation for future endeavors, but it would help their future releases with an enhanced focus on their individual musical differences and artistical styles.
With 'Love Songs', Shy Shy Shy jumps past the 90s grunge wave and surfs directly to the pastel-colored eighties. It's the sound of roller-skating girls at Miami Beach, and the taste of lemon mousse. The main challenge is that you can quickly get too much of the same taste. Therefore, the duo needs to focus more on their musical variation on future releases. (3.5/6)