Shana Falana impresses on new LP ‘Set Your Lightning Fire Free’

Shana Falana‘Set Your Lightning Fire Free’
Shana Falana (Team Love)
3.5 stars out of 5

In addition to having one of the more alliterative names around, singer/songwriter Shana Falana is developing into a player on the dream pop scene. She laid the foundation with 2011 EP “In the Light” and takes things to a whole new level on rock-solid long-player “Set Your Lightning Fire Free.”

Shana Falana CD“I’ve always kept the different sides of my music separate,” Falana notes. “The ambient ballads, the fuzzed out stuff; they all needed to exist as their own statements. I would have two or three bands at one time — a sludge rock band; a Bulgarian women’s choir; a pretty, dreamy organ and guitar duo. This is the first record where I’ve combined all of that, sometimes in the course of one song.”

That eclectic approach to making music takes some getting used to and “Set Your Lightning Fire Free” is a bit of an acquired taste. But patient listeners will be rewarded as the 10-track platter unfolds. Among the standouts here are opener “Gone,” “Go,” “Anything,” “Know UR Mine” and “There’s a Way.” Can’t wait to hear what Falana comes up with next. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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