Shannon Lay - August
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #237 / 499
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2019 Ratings: #433
August 23, 2019 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Uncut

An album that takes nothing for granted, that doesn’t consider your attention a gift, that wants to impart something profound to you. Trust her.

77
Pitchfork

A quiet resolve underlies the folk singer’s mesmeric Sub Pop debut, which is her sunniest and most intrepid.

70
Exclaim!

August is a hypnotic, assured new album from Shannon Lay, whose laidback creativity shines in simple yet surprising ways throughout.

70
Clash

Lay hones her quietly confident sound and moves towards a new directness on ‘August’.

dearsongs
77
After dropping a few lesser known solo albums Shannon Lay releases her SUBPOP debut with help from Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and more. 10 of the 12 songs clock in under the 3 minute mark and none pass 4. There is a sweet nod to Nick Drake (November) and a Karen Dalten cover (Something on Your Mind).

The album itself, and the cover image specifically, show someone coming into their own who is confident in their abilities. Its a solid album of finger picking folk with just enough variety to keep ... read more
vincentbiz
78
Best: November, August, Something On Your Mind

Shannon Lay's Sub Pop debut is a pleasant adventure into beautiful melodies. Her voice and hands work together to create lovely folk songs that border between sleepy and creepy. The album seems like fall, and because of that, I think November should have been the title track instead of August. This album will be in heavy rotation for me once the mornings turn crisp and cold.

I look forward to future releases from Ms. Lay.
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Track List

  1. Death up Close
  2. Nowhere
  3. November
  4. Shuffling Stoned
  5. Past Time
  6. Wild
  7. August
  8. Sea Came to Shore
  9. Sunday Sundown
  10. Something on Your Mind
  11. Unconditional
  12. The Dream
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