Meredith Sheldon’s artist recommendation: Electrelane is one of my favorite bands. They’re an all girl band from Brighton, England that have been going for a while but it’s rare for me to run into other people that know of them, at least here in the States. I think they meld a pensive, thoughtful vibe with a raw, rocking edge in a really beautiful way. When I listen to them, especially walking around or in the car, I get that wonderful thing where the soundtrack makes you feel like you’re watching your own life happen — I feel the emotion of the music washes over everything, suffuses the goings on with a true feminine tenderness, while this undercurrent of crunchy, masculine grunge keeps pushing things along…it is in that dichotomy, that contrast, the tension and balancing of the two that I feel the most joy. I like when everything, all emotions feel just on the verge of spilling over in a massive great flood.”
New to Electralane? Meredith Sheldon suggests you start here: “I think No Shouts, No Calls is a good place to start. It’s a great album, their fourth I believe, and the first track is the first track for a good reason…it’s called The Greater Times. I feel like they really came together on this album, bringing forward strong melodies and interesting dynamics. Theres a nice flow to the whole record and quite a lot of space, instrumental sections and whole instrumental tracks. Lyrically it sounds to me like an album of found perspective, like a coming out the other side and reflecting back. It feels really honest. Saturday is another track dear to my heart.”
About our guest author, Meredith Sheldon: Massachusetts based Merideth Sheldon started playing guitar when she was six and went on to play in The Ben Taylor Band and Family of the Year. But the gods that write the ‘this is what dreams are made of’ scripts had other plans for Meredith. Evan Dando of The Lemonheads caught wind of her solo demo material and quickly invited her to open shows for him in the UK. (Ben Kweller has told a similar story where Dando heard his stuff and whisked him off on tour with him. Gotta love Dando!). She didn’t have a band, nor had she performed solo before, but she impressed enough to catch the attention of the legendary Johnny Marr (of Smiths fame). Marr snagged Meredith as his opening act on the current tour of North America and Sheldon continues to hone her sound a series of EPs that she is releasing on Bandcamp. We’re especially loving Saddle Up (hear it below), which she co-wrote and performed with Martha’s Vinyard’s own, Willy Mason. Be sure to keep an eye on Meredith’s web site for the latest info on more EP releases.