Shel­ter

NONESUCH

Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - NONI MITCHELL

Shel­ter sees Chaney build­ing on her craft in cre­at­ing an eclec­tic cross­over of clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. Her first in­stru­ment is the piano, but she’s equally at home and pro­fi­cient on acous­tic and elec­tric gui­tars, as we hear on this record to great ef­fect. A true multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, she also adds cello and the warm drone of In­dian har­mo­nium to the mix. She shines with a min­i­mal­ist ap­proach, high­light­ing pure tones, sparse piano chords, chim­ing and lin­ger­ing gui­tars, res­o­nant open tun­ings and del­i­cate, ef­fort­less fingerpicking. Her lyrics and im­agery echo times both past and present – the ‘olde worlde’ era, and more per­sonal mod­ern and ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ences and con­cerns.

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