Truth and Recession
November 30, 2011
“Can I sing you a song about our future? Maybe your little heart will hurt a little less?”
“It’s a great album – definitely a highlight of the year. Your songs and lyrics are bitter-sweet with great ‘hooks that bind us’, to borrow the Grant Lee Buffalo metaphor.” – Michelle Constant, Business and Arts South Africa
Truth and Recession is available at Look and Listen stores nationwide and available as a full album or track-by-track download at Amazon MP3, iTunes and miaindiemusic.com. For all availability inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Brendon’s official website: Brendonshields.com
From the little known South African town of Bethlehem comes a singer-songwriter whose debut record is so strikingly of the times it’ll fast be soundtracking the lives of individuals across the globe.
Titled Truth and Recession, the 13-track record introduces Brendon Shields’ music to a broader public for the first time – close to a year after his songs earned him a publishing deal with Sony/ATV South Africa.
Shield’s exquisitely rendered tales of love and survival have also seen him become the first signing to MIA Records, the Joburg-based distributor of several key international indie labels including Sub Pop, New West Records and Thrill Jockey. This places Shields in the company of the likes of Steve Earle, Fleet Foxes, and Low, his tender, frequently melancholic, vignettes of life lived in “pre- recession shoes” fitting in comfortably with these kind-of artists.
The arrival of Truth and Recession is being preceded by the release of the record’s first single, “Rockstardom” – a bleak yet deeply heartfelt song about hope in impossible times. “But can I you this song about our future/maybe your little heart will heart a little less/and if I promise you I’m going to be a rockstar/Babe this situation is a mess/when rockstardom is the only option left,” Shields sings in his carefully modulated voice that sits atop the simplest of music arrangements.