Ashley Webber, known professionally as Ashley Shadow, is set to release her self-titled debut album next week. The Vancouver-based artist has made a name for herself over the years collaborating with Bonnie Prince Billy, Pink Mountaintops, and the Cave Singers, but it’s about time that her voice come to the forefront of the music she creates.
Shadow’s radiant voice carries her album through atmospheric harmonies backed by grandiose guitar and rich synthesizers. While her music may feel fragile, she revels in this fragility. The thoughtful lyrics and calming melodies of “Way It Should” and “Tonight” feel like future companions for lonely nights. But her vulnerability is empowering; in songs like “All For You” and “Another Day,” over pools of synth and guitar, her voice gracefully commands the tracks, unafraid to tell you just how fearless and independent she is. On her debut album, Ashley Shadow is not lurking in the darkness anymore.
Some words from Webber on the project:
I wanted to make an album of my songs for a while but I only wanted to get into it if it could be done in a genuine, from the heart way and hopefully from that have it be an enjoyable process. This was definitely all of those things and I can hear that in this album, I’m stoked!
Stream the album below.
04/30 Vancouver, BC @ China Cloud (Album Release Show)
05/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
05/17 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s*
05/18 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room *
05/19 Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market + Stage *
05/21 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom *
* with Black Mountain
Ashley Shadow is out 4/15 via felte. Pre-order it here.