It’s hard out here for a music consumer. Mainstream media is constantly polluting the airwaves with rubbish which is deteriorating the industry with reckless abandon at an alarming rate. Luckily the universe has given us Acoustic/Neo-Soul artist Shanell Alyssa. In a world where the smog of lackluster music stifles us like acid rain on a muggy day, her music is a much needed breath of fresh air.
Shanell’s latest EP Rise Above is so necessary to have. It’s a five cut opus that rejuvenates the soul with its relative content and harmonious sound. It kind of reminds me of India.Arie’s early work. Soulful stings, skillful writing, and Shanell’s solid voice pick up where Arie left off as the bright rays of acoustic soul cuts through the mire clogging the airwaves. All of the featured songs are air-tight, but the standout record is the EP’s title track. Silky smooth guitar licks share the spotlight with a light bed of percussion and Shanell belts out powerful lyrics. This is an excellent song man… absolutely excellent.
So stop subjecting yourself to what the mass-communication companies force on you. Show your support by copping the EP (it’s only $5) and keep up with all things Shanell Alyssa by following her on Twitter.