Described by BBC Radio1’s Huw Stephens as “Stunning”, Bonnie Baxer’s debut vinyl drop comes out on Pictures Music this July. ShadowBox’s unique sound has drawn comparisons to Laurel Halo and the Cocteau Twins and is all cooked up on hardware in her Brooklyn studio. Live this is reconstructed from component parts in an energetic and captivating live show.
“When I was 13 I used to record singing my own words over R&B instrumental tapes or whatever I could get my hands on. Later I got my hands on a right handed acoustic guitar even though I was lefty. So I turned it upside down and taught myself how to play it so I can sing over it.” Now Bonnie Baxter is a vocalist, instrumentalist, & producer… ShadowBox. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NYC she draws inspiration from sound sculptures of the 60′s (Daphne Oram/Delia Derbshyre/Tangerine Dream) as well as futurists philosophies, books about metaphysics, space exploration, and the relationship of technology and nature.
Shameem Akthar, author of Hearing the Divine Sound, once remarked “Those of you familiar with quantum physics may be aware that the world as we see it does not exist.” This has been the approach taken by ShadowBox… to create a world beyond the physical. Taking technology and infusing it as a part of her craft as a songwriter. Having drum machines/analog keyboards being an evolutionary extension of herself as she begins to paint on a her digital canvas that is her home studio. Crafting melodies out of thin air from an arsenal of vocal ideas she transcends over electronic beat driven tracks. This is all front & center on the forthcoming Haunted by Colors EP. Plans to head over to the UK in the autumn of 2012 are also in the works.
“VERY COOL!” Frank Dee DEFTONES
“This is really nice, has a great sense of atmosphere.” Bonobo
“Lovers of velvet voices, stealthy electronica and R&B melodies, take note. Press play and enter Shadowbox’ sonic universe. Lovers of velvet voices, stealthy electronica and R&B melodies, take note. Press play and enter Shadowbox’ sonic universe.” ThePlaygroundMagazine
“Haunted By Colors finds voyage in six breathtaking pieces and becomes another guide book into the compositional state of modern electronica and its true evolution. This is one of the most sophisticated electronic albums of the year and easily stands up against the best out there. If you are into Lapalux, RYAT or Bjork, you will love what ShadowBox has offered up in the stunning vehicle of sound known as Haunted By Colours.” Erik Otis SoundColourVibration
“Stunning” Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1
“frighteningly great” MintMagazine
“running like a ghost is like a female gonjasufi…” LeFtO
“On “AM,” Baxter sounds a bit like a Fever Ray, her mournful voice processed and tough, blustering like a storm cloud over gutter-dragging synths and eroding digital drums.” The Fader
“Bonnie Baxter makes electronic music which alternates between homespun, bedroom intimacy and powerful, techno/house aspiration. That polarity is framed well by the front and latter halves of “A M”– registering somewhere between Laurel Halo and This Is Music’s Beca” Stereogum
Release Date: 23rd July 2012
Format: 12″ vinyl and MP3 download
A2 D 60
B1 Let’s Not
B2 Loveless Child
B3 Running Like A Ghost
Written and produced by Bonnie Baxter
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