SHALINI – Now available to Listen, Love and Buy
Digital album only $5 / Individual tracks $1 (hmm, dollar store or great music, dollar store or great music?)
Vancouver to Guangzhou, CHINA – The One-Way Ticket
At a week's notice, Shalini makes her China debut, filmed for a model/talent competition and car show. Click for all "CHINA" articles.
“Freeze Up” – a loverly free download
First 200 downloads are free, just click "Buy now" and enter "0.00" as the price. After that, name your price, from pennies to bazillions of dollars if you please!
National Anthems and Behind the Scenes with the Vancouver Giants
My Day Singing the National Anthems at a Vancouver Giants Game!
An interview, nay, a conversation with the Producer extraordinaire behind the Shalini EP
My friend found this review on The Province! Thank you Tom Harrison for mentioning my CD on your blog and for giving my EP a nice review.
Shalini has a girlish voice that can be deceiving. Her piano-based five-song EP is made lighter by her singing, which is not a criticism. It suits both her playfulness as in jaunty opener Feeling Lonely or the hurt she communicates in closer Book Of Dreams. In between there is the feeling of a well-rounded songwriter with a dramatic sense and an elegant style brought out by Winston Hauschild’s production.
So...what are you waiting for? PICK ONE UP!
When it comes to writing about pop music, sometimes the easiest way to describe something is to relate it to something else that is popular. Easy enough, right? Well, yes, it is easy enough, but now I have pigeon-holed an artist to sound similar to a more popular artist in order to entice you to check out some new tunes. That doesn’t strike me as fair at all, but it is the easiest way out of a conversation. For this particular EP I’m going to ask you to keep Sara Bareilles and Zooey Deschanel in mind and not go much further than that.
This set of tunes comes from Vancouver, British Columbia instead of someplace in New Zealand. We should be happy that Shalini Kumar is pursuing her dream of recording music rather than becoming a successful accountant living on a farm on the opposite side of the world. I’ll never know how her number crunching skills are, so I’ll just have to tell you that she can sing very well.
I’ve stated before that I’m a sucker for well crafted pop songs, and this EP has five great examples. When a sad subject can make you tap your feet and bounce, you know someone is doing their job; which is why I like “Feeling Lonely”. Another interesting piece is how she incorporates other instrumentation into her music that reaches further than guitars and drums. Piano and string arrangements intertwine to help create a soothing backdrop, and you can hear the complexity grooving underneath the sweet vocals that want to whisk you someplace far away or take you somewhere dark and personal.
There are not a lot of songs on this EP, and my favorites are “Feeling Lonely”, “Freeze Up” and her best track, “Book of Dreams”. She has lofty ambitions to make it into the world of music, and you can’t help but cheer her on as she races toward her goal. It is refreshing to hear and see artists that don’t rely on costume changes, skimpy clothing and bad reputations in a tabloid to bolster their careers. For more information on Shalini check her website. Anyone that likes pomegranates, Mozart and violent video games can’t be all bad.
Source: Tunes News - http://tunesnews.com/shalini-ep-2011/