Sunday Night Dance Party: “Solid State Cello” – Shannon Hayden

Before you think, “Umm cello…dance party?”, just trust me. Shannon Hayden‘s sophomore release Solid State Cello is my favorite album to come out of 2012. This young musician is seriously talented and takes her classical cello training and excellent musical ear through composition aerobics in this album. Combining electronic looping devices, vocals, a little guitar, and (of course) the cello, Hayden creates an album that is genre-less, boundary-less and a musical study that will have you convinced that everything that you thought you knew about the cello is severely flawed. And yet, in manipulating the cello to create everything from melodies to percussion, Hayden manages to keep its voice as the focal point, never losing the warm cello sound in a computerized or electrified manner. Perhaps that’s the point of the album title…

PS: Another Shannon Hayden fave (this one’s a cover and not on the album, but sooo good!)


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