In the '80s, you would have been hard-pressed to find a serious music fan who would admit that they loved Pat Benetar as much as they loved Siousxie, much less spot the now-so-obvious ties that bind them. Both toyed with pop bombast, while approaching the form in wildly different contexts. Benetar had her rocked-up torch song headlock, Siouxsie her wry sense of experimentalism. Both pop stars by the eighties, sure, but by very different channels.
Blending these two paradigms is the headspace we find Shadowlands’ front-singer/keyboardist Amy Sabin tuned into. Wry and headlock. Finesse and bombast. Multi-instrumentalists Jason E Electric's and Jesse Elizondo’s chorusey swirl, churn, and haze, of synths and words and guitars, help set the tone in a similar fashion. Morricone and Madonna. Desperate Bicycles and Depeche mode. Casey Logan, on drums, bleeps, and whirr, tows a similar line between DIY punk now-urgency and cool measured composition.