Shakey Graves’ new album, Can’t Wake Up, has received praise for veering from the inevitable to the revelatory; its thirteen songs teeming with jarring musical and thematic collisions and thrillingly seamless intersections, gnarly psychological hornswoggles and ecstatic resolutions. Central to the prevailing sense of disorientation are the lead vocals, none of which is purely solo. Instead, each lead performance is shadowed by a queasy harmony or slightly out–of–sync unison part, giving the sense—especially on headphones—that these voices are emanating from inside the listener’s head.
“Armed with new instruments and a lifetime of dreams, he forgoes his boot–stomping, cheeky folk for a sound that fluctuates between finely–tuned rock and full–band pop,” comments NPR’s Nina Corcoran. “Alejandro Rose–Garcia (aka Shakey Graves) pulls it off in large part due to his storytelling prowess; these songs would be welcoming, even enthralling, in any style.”
Shakey Graves released his latest EP on September 21, featuring live performances of the tracks “Cops and Robbers” and “Counting Sheep” from his NPR Night Owl session that occurred in his hometown of Austin at SXSW earlier this year.