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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:00

Charting the Music: Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, 'Teenage and Torture'

Charting the Music: Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, 'Teenage and Torture' knittingfactoryrecords.com
Written by Joshua Edwards

Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers' Teenage and Torture unleashes all of the angst and tortured thoughts of the teenage years with a musical prowess developed in adulthood.

The almost-frightening cover art depicts a rock 'n' roll demon being violently unleashed. I can think of fewer, more accurate ways of summing up this album's essence visually. Shilpa screams (literally yelling at times) attitude in her vocal delivery. The themes throughout are somewhat autobiographical and always sincere.

This album is not without its share of stellar instrumentation. It features heavy doses of droning harmonium, played by Shilpa, which fill the sonic spaces in many tracks. Shimmering organ sounds partner with fuzzed-out bass and guitars to deliver an instrumental in-your-face approach on par with the vocal delivery.

Songs like "Liquidation Sale" hearken back to yesterday's hard rock legends. Conversely, "Genie's Drugs" is mellow enough to disguise itself as a slow-dance number. My personal favorite would have to be the upbeat "Erotolepsy." It's this type of variety throughout Teenage and Torture that keeps the listener engaged and begging for more.

Written by Joshua Edwards, Music Department

On the KDHX Charts: #5 CMJ Top 30 for May 3, 2011.

This album can be heard on: The Mixtape, the Space Parlour and Mystery Train.

Even more: Don't miss the Live at KDHX session with Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers, recorded April 27, 2011.

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