Many say that all good things come to those who wait. In this instance, with Seattle-based Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, the constraints of time have played no part in hurrying their latest project into fruition
Shana Cleveland has been performing for over six years, playing with a rotating selection of musicians known as The Sandcastles. She also fronts the retro, garage-inspired all girl band La Luz and has been performing in this separate band for the last three years.
Speaking of her music both with The Sandcastles and La Luz, Cleveland described how the songs of The Sandcastles were “meant to be played in quiet places, so they didn’t make sense for a rock band.”
Both projects have evolved alongside one another, each band developing at its own creative pace, the music cumulative.
Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles along with her collective of musicians create delicate indie songs, all of which “..have a lot to do with the weirdness of being inside your own head all the time in the outside world. It’s sort of an internal monologue of thoughts I have but wouldn’t say. It’s about laziness, and lust, and wanting to eat other people’s food when it looks better than mine.”
So, whilst this debut LP may have been a long time coming, the wait will soon be over. Their first album release goes by the name of ‘Oh Man, Cover the Ground’ and is due on May 26th via Suicide Squeeze Records
Cleveland has shared lead single ‘Golden Days’. Gentle as it warms, this song feels like the the dawning of a summers day, it’s delicate rays peeping in through closed curtains as the sun heats the skin. Fresh and airy the mellow notes of a cello take you though this weightless tune, as the tapping of a tambourine gives rhythmic a dimension to the chorus.
Cleveland had this to say about the track: “This song is about surprise perfect days you spend with someone that will never be anything more. When you’re traveling and missing home and meeting people and leaving them over and over and the magic times when everything feels just right and you think, ‘I should just stay here, maybe this could be my life.”