BSP in Kingston will celebrate Shana Falana’s eagerly awaited full-length CD, Set Your Lightning Fire Free, with a release show on Friday, April 3 at 9 p.m. The Kingston-based psychedelic pop songwriter (and legendary live performer) recorded the bulk of the new album at the Isokon in Woodstock with producer D. James Goodwin (Devo, Kaki King), but chose to record her vocals by herself in unconventional field locations – her bathroom, a little girl’s bedroom – both for their distinctive sound qualities and for the ways in which the environments might inform her performances.
Scheduled for an April 7 release on the New Paltz-based Team Love Records, Set Your Lightning Fire Free features Falana’s signature sounds in abundance – the stacked, ambient harmonies, fuzz guitars, hypnotic drones and shifting sonic textures – but also covers far more stylistic ground than her 2011 debut EP In the Light, venturing into celestial punk-rock, Balkan tonalities, dark psych and electro-tribal Minimalism, all in support of a strong set of concise, hooky songs that revel in a newfound lyrical urgency. While the quality of Falana’s songwriting remains fundamentally spiritual and meditative, there is a surprising and daring dose of angst, vitriol and wild, emotional release on this record as Falana deals in equal measure with themes of imprisonment and liberation.
The BSP date marks the first show of a two-month national tour for Falana and her partner, drummer Mike Amari. Falana and Amari’s sonically and multimedia-enhanced live shows have been a psychedelic highlight of the Hudson Valley music scene for nearly half a decade. For the CD release show at BSP, they will be joined by Buffalo Sex Change and the New Paltz-based dream-pop quintet Pecas.