Boise, Idaho’s Shades was one of my favorite chillwave bands of last year. “Hard Fall” and “Ghostlike” were in heavy rotation over at TMDS HQ. Soon, however, the sugary sweetness that was chillwave gave me a bit of stomach ache and became a little less desirable.
Last week Shades dropped their debut LP Clear Motions on TEEEL’s brand new Synthemesc Recordings label. I was pleasantly pleased to see that, while still fairly rooted in chillwave, some of the newer tracks like “Posture Pt.1” and “Dark Red” were moving into a more focused song style than just woozy beats with some catchy chant-sing, not to mention the improvement in production quality is striking. I got a feeling that these guys are only going to get better.
Check the entire LP out for yourselves at soundcloud.