Shormey Releases Psychedelic Soul EP on Citrus City Records
The new EP from Virginia native Shormey is a dreamy slice of soulful psychedelia more at home in the dim strobing lights of the 70s than today’s modern scene saturated by radio-recipe anthems. Released on Citrus City Records, Boogie Tape Vol. 1 offers four electric tunes that refresh the senses and take us back to a classic world.
What Boogie Tape lacks in length — it’s a devastatingly fast fifteen minutes — it makes up for in energy and dreaminess and color. Kicking off with “Boogie Island,” already a standout track, the EP dives right into a shimmering soundscape of slaps and clacks of percussion before Shormey’s lush, lax vocals come in droning. There are no major rhythm changes or tempo raises, really, except maybe for the groovy synth buzz every once in a while, so the EP’s opener moves steadily along, merging into “Cruise!” A delicious example of Shormey’s capacity for careful versatility, it’s hyper-chill but it’s got punchy, sweet, anthemic elements to it too.
On “LA,” things are thicker — it twinkles and smacks. There’s more going on in a smaller space, so the percussion rolls in rapid, robust waves, and Shormey’s vocals make a bigger impact. The EP ends with “Outro (Maybe If We’re Movin’),” a saccharine 70s-inspired finale in the same vein as “Cruise!” It’s got a simple pep to it, just that single line sung sweetly over and over atop layers of disco textures.
Boogie Tape Vol 1 dazzles. Inspired by the slick, sultry sounds of the 70s, Shormey presents a perfect homage to a world gone by. Stacked with lazing melodies and pulsing rhythms, Boogie Tape Vol 1 has us lost in a life of shimmers and smacks we never want to leave. We love this dreamworld Shormey’s built.
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Featured photo of Shormey by Daniel Diasgranados