“Turn off the light, close yourself in,” Ashley Shadow (aka Ashley Webber) sings, a lyric that could stand as a tender exhortation to her audience. Spare arrangements underpin songs chronicling wistful remembrance of places and people changed by time and the hard work and wisdom in moving on. With vocals that are occasionally reminiscent of Mimi Parker of Low, Ashley Shadow is unafraid to be mournful without being maudlin. This isn’t audio wallpaper but rather mesmerizing music that snatches your attention and tightens its grip as song after song unfolds. Equally capable of establishing a careful, quiet drone and ratcheting up the reverb-soaked guitars when needed it’s no wonder that her latest album Only the End includes a like minded soul in Bonnie Prince Billy on the duet “Don’t Slow Me Down.” Continuing the tradition of West coast Canadian indie bands operating on a level all their own, Ashley Shadow has carved out a distinctive place in the next generation of introspective neo-americana/indie rock without sacrificing the immediacy and transportive nature that colours all her work.
Biography by Derek McEwen