Shahs

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Jeremy Krinsley | July 8, 2009

Shahs is the project of one Tom Helgerson, a dude from Minneapolis who appears not to be some product of self-sequestered isolation so much as a solo musician with friends in people from Vampire Hands and To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie. While “Loose Ends” veers more towards the destructo-territory of outsider beats like Russian Tsarlag, the tracks stands beside “Handreader,” a song that also has a crunchy backing rhythm track but reveals a proclivity for silkier melodies and carnival chord voicings straight outta Sparrow. There's a lot of beach and sun trending through the music waves these days, but Shahs' is on its own trajectory, and let's hope he stays on it.

Shahs, “Handreader”

Shahs, “Loose Ends”

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