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Shima
7" $9.75

11/12/2021 733102723026 

FC 057 


MP3 $9.90

11/12/2021 733102723026 

FC 057 


FLAC $9.90

11/12/2021 733102723026 

FC 057 


Portland band Floating Room has been saddled with a multitude of stuffy genre descriptors over the years—shoegaze, art pop, slowcore, baroque pop. But the band’s latest release, Shima, makes one thing clear: this is a rock band. Led by multidisciplinary Uchinanchu American artist and DIY veteran Maya Stoner, Floating Room has featured a revolving cast of musicians since its inception. Their somnolent debut release, 2016’s Sunless, was recorded mostly solo and entirely in Stoner’s bedroom, while the full-length followup, 2018’s False Baptism, captured a louder, more energetic incarnation of the band and was recorded at the legendary Anacortes studio, The Unknown. Shima arrives on the heels of last year’s Tired and True EP, which saw Stoner experiment with symphonic instrumentation and lush, soft-rock textures. Shima, by contrast, is a rollicking punk record that whips by at warp speed, highlighting Stoner’s emo and riot grrrl roots; it’s Tired and True’s photo negative. Opening track “I’ll See You Around” is an unmistakable pop-rock hit that sounds like it could have been written by Adam Shclesinger for the Josie and the Pussycats reboot; “Shimanchu” is both a paean to Stoner’s Uchinanchu heritage and a retort to the condescension she faces daily as an Asian American woman; “Firetruck” is a love song disguised as a ‘60s pop pastiche, and “I Wrote This Song For You” is a message to an inner child disguised as a love song. Shima weds the heavier leanings of Stoner’s earliest work—her first popular Portland band was hardcore three-piece Teeath, which she co-fronted—to the highly personal and unflinchingly confrontational lyrics on Tired and True. The result is an exciting development from one of the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and stylistically restless songwriters. Shima was recorded in a single day at The Magic Closet in Stayton OR, and was produced by Mo Troper, who also played guitar, bass, and drums on every track. Floating Room will be accompanying Drug Church, Citizen, and Glitterer for every date on their U.S. tour this fall/winter. Live, Stoner is joined by Mo Troper on guitar, Ben Burwell (Alcopops) on drums, and Keegan Bradford (Camp Trash; reluctant Twitter celebrity) on bass. Shima releases on digital and 7” vinyl via Famous Class Records on November 12, 2021.

Tracklist

  1. #1 See You Around

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  2. #2 I Wrote This Song For You

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  3. #3 Firetruck

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  4. #4 Shimanchu

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