Shida Shahabi ‘Shifts’ LP
A wonderfully immersive suite of five stunning new tracks, ‘Shifts’ expands upon Swedish-Iranian pianist / composer Shida Shahabi’s debut album and confirms her as a genuine new force in contemporary piano music.
Stockholm-based Shida’s ‘Homes’ album was released on FatCat’s pioneering 130701 imprint in October 2018, with its gentle yet deeply immersive, homespun piano drawing comparisons to the likes of Goldmund and Nils Frahm. It was championed by BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson, whilst MOJO marvelled at her “summoning music from the very bowels of the piano, the out-of-focus opacity; like her simple, affecting melodic figures, suggesting... a half-submerged music that rewards the attentive ear.” Elsewhere, Future Music called the album “a masterclass in simplicity... allowing each note the space and time to become truly affecting... a confident debut of a new artist with their own vision.”
Released without huge fanfare or big industry / marketing machinery, ‘Homes’ nevertheless found a strong, organic connection with an audience, being picked up and shared across social media and through word of mouth and viewed by many as one of last year’s finest piano albums. The debut album received widespread backing from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 6), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6), Late Junction (BBC Radio 3), with press coverage in Mojo, DJ mag, Future Music, Vinyl Factory, Boiler Room, The Guardian, Electronic Sound.
“These left-field piano pieces from the Swedish / Iranian composer create a womb-like warmth... a visceral and intimate experience [which] fans of Harold Budd and Roger Eno will lap up” - Electronic Sound
For fans of Nils Frahm, Goldmund, Olafur Arnalds, Dustin O’Halloran, Max Richter, Hauschka, Luke Howard, Eric Satie.
Catalogue number: LP13-36