‘Shook‘ the debut full length by Everett, Washington’s TELLERS was released back in April, today we are excited to announce that we are bringing‘Shook’ to vinyl!
Coming this November, the ‘Shook’ vinyl will be a limited run of 250 copies, and will feature the original full color album artwork, digital download, and a bonus new track that will first only be available with the vinyl.
‘Shook‘, is a record of both wide-open spaces and quiet moments, its eleven tracks drawing from the windswept and rain-soaked sonic heritage of their Northwest home. Shimmering guitars build to grand melody as percussion tumbles forward, all anchored by Sarah Feinberg’s stunning, arresting voice; soaring and plaintive, worn in all the best ways and glowing like polished brass. With bursting melodic fireworks, the songs fall back into themselves like drifting embers. Shook is the rare record that heralds the arrival of an undeniable songwriting force.
The bones of‘Shook‘ were laid in fleeting moments of inspiration. “Most of the songs were written in my car,” laughs Feinberg, “quickly jotting down lyrics at a stop light or in a grocery store.” These slips of potential were hashed out late night in a hushed quiet as the house slept. “Often I am struck by a small phrase that just burrows in,” explains Heyne. “I let the words sit, sometimes for weeks, before I add music to the lyrics and then I lightly arrange.” When a song is nearly complete, it’s presented to and completed by the full band in their sacred creative space; the basement of Feinberg’s 1919 North Everett home.
Recorded at Red Room Studios in Seattle with producer and engineer Ryan Leyva and mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI (Resonant Mastering) in Seattle, Shook is a flush, grand record, layered in organ and guitar. Steven Barci was brought in to handle drums. Bryan Bradley (I Will Keep Your Ghost) helped arrange “Hollow” and Simon Nicol (Leava) helped arrange “West,” “Ground,” and “Walking Blind.”
Lyrically, the record is a meditation on death in a myriad of forms: of loved ones, of relationships, and of ideals. Yet the record is laced throughout with moments of childlike innocence. This lends the record a palpable internal tension: an acknowledgement of a dark world, apocalyptic even, where the search for truth and goodness is urgent and necessary. ”Shook is about coming to the hard realities of life and losing the innocence we often take for granted,” says Feinberg. “In a strange way, I hope people get comfort from this album, and that they feel a little less alone.” Heyne continues, “Each of us endure the brunt of our own story. By telling ours, we connect to the stories of others. The collective narrative; all of our stories are one story.”
At turns, grand and intimate, suffused with fearless honesty, Shook flickers in the dark with a warm orange glow. The road we all walk might meander between triumph and tragedy, but TELLERS reminds us that we do not walk that road alone.
“I’m walking blind… I see you’re giving me some light…”
Check out TELLERS this summer while we lead up to the vinyl release of ‘Shook’.
- 6/22 – Central Saloon – Seattle, WA
- 6/30 – Conway Muse – Conway, WA
- 7/7 – Yakima Folklife Festival – Yakima, WA
- 7/21 – Central Saloon – Seattle, WA
- 8/17 – Scuttlebutt Taproom – Everett, WA