From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they have been doing for a while now to growing crowds and critical acclaim.
They are four sisters who have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack.
A friend of the family made a connection with Grammy-winning producer Brent Maher, an indie artist development guru with a long track record of hit singles and artistic breakthroughs. Maher has now shepherded their most complete and thought-out work to date in the form of a self-titled, debut album.
Nestled within SHEL’s enveloping sound, wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk esthetic blur around one another. Allusions abound to their core influences—The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and acoustic super-group Strength In Numbers—but you’ve never heard this before. Tracks such as “Tuscany” borrow liberally from their classical training, yet there’s nothing ponderous or unapproachable about them. “The Wise Old Owl” showcases their daring, fanciful vocal arrangements. They revel in strong dynamics, so a single song like “Stained” can grow from airy lace to a driving, white-water rush. They are richly feminine, but they don’t shy from covering Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore.” Above all, there’s variety and creativity. Pure acoustic tone is best when it’s best, but if an electric mandolin or special effect is called for, they let the song dictate the production.
SHEL has achieved many benchmarks that point to a full and fruitful career ahead. SHEL's album was recognized as one of Colorado Public Radio's Echoes' Top 12 albums. BalconyTV calls them one of the top 12 bands of 2012. They’ve played public radio’s Etown, South by Southwest, Nashville’s Music City Roots, Lilith Fair, the Four Corners Folk Festival and the International Folk Alliance Conference, among other distinguished stages. They've composed original music for a national television ad campaign for "Splenda," scored a placement on TV's "Made in Jersey", as well as, debuted music videos on CMT and YouTube to rave reviews.
They do it all from recording their own records to making their own videos…they are self powered young women! One does not have to be floating on the updraft of their blended voices to predict a bright future for SHEL.