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Sink into the Luminous Melodies of NYC Musician Highlife

Listen to a live version of two new songs from sometime Gang Gang Dance touring bass player Sleepy Doug Shaw.

May 20, 2014


That guitar line! Those melting chords! That gently fraying strum! It's not often I go gaga over stringed instruments—synthesized beats are usually the keeper of my heart—but the way UK-born, NYC-based musician Highlife plays speaks to something deep inside. The sometime Gang Gang Dance touring bass player, aka Sleepy Doug Shaw, is a regular on the Brooklyn live music scene—I've seen him twice in the last month—and has quite the presence. Over a simple drum beat, he holds his guitar in a casual manner, raises his head skyward and closes his eyes, letting the songs seep out of him in a flow of heartfelt emotion and overlapping melody that carries echoes of his chosen namesake. He just popped a live version of his songs "Watching the Eye" and "The Ruiner" up on his Soundcloud and it's a total treat; hopefully a sign of more to come.

Sink into the Luminous Melodies of NYC Musician Highlife