The charm and charisma of Back To Me, the second solo album from former Bitter:Sweet front woman/songwriter SHANA HALLIGAN that’s set for release October 16 on Plug Research Music, is an exploration of human sensuality told through songs of romance, heartache and personal reflection. Yesterday (August 11), music enthusiasts got a listen to the album’s first single “Been Waiting” via PopMatters. The song will be formally released this Friday, August 14 in conjunction with the album’s pre-order.
The rainy day piano sulk of “Been Waiting” is where HALLIGAN lets go of all inhibition and bears her total essence for all to witness. It exposes a tumultuous episode in her personal and professional life as it all gets complicated with her pregnancy (HALLIGAN discovered she was pregnant just as she was wrapping Back To Me and gave birth to her son Otis in July), which brings both feelings of intimidation and future dreams of motherhood.
PopMatters‘ Adrien Begrand calls “Been Waiting” (8/11/15), “…a sumptuous blend of melodramatic piano balladry and a gently pulsating electronic rhythm that gradually escalates into a swanky little house beat. What starts off as forlornly sad becomes almost celebratory in its misery, as if she’s dancing the pain away.”
Adding that perfectly sealed kiss of mystique, pain and hope, HALLIGAN‘s uniquely tortured voice brings back the art of classic vocal allure mixed with modern-day, moody production. Smart and sexy, the 13-track album challenges pre-conceived notions of pop music as she mixes her trip-hop background with downtempo, electronic-charged modern jazz.
During and since her time as the lead singer/songwriter of Bitter:Sweet, Shana Halligan has sold more than 500,000 records and has accumulated over 70 album credits to her name. Other releases from Shana Halligan include her solo debut EP Paper Butterfly and 2012 album Richmond Parade. Additionally, her music has received numerous high-profile synchs and licensing deals in film, TV, ad campaigns and beyond, including Sex and The City, The Devil Wears Prada, Bright Eyes, Focus, Cars 2, “The Blacklist,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “Entourage,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives,” just to name a few. She’s also collaborated with many major acts, including writing and recording with Serj Tankian of System Of A Down and Thievery Corporation (co-writing and performing their biggest hit in recent years “Depth Of My Soul”), and has performed at several celebrated venues across the nation, including the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Bowery Ballroom (NYC) and the Hotel Cafe (L.A.). Outside of her own music, Halligan also writes for other artists and is developing a TV project that combines her love for music and passion for cooking.
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