Music Review: “Oh My Northern Soul” by Shilpa Ray


TRACK 5

“Oh My Northern Soul”

From Shilpa Ray‘s Last Year’s Savage

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Liner notes: Oozing cool as she pumps her trademark harmonium, Ray declares independence, murmuring, “I wanna be anything and everything but good.”

Behind the music: The New Jersey-raised provocateur previously fronted Beat the Devil and recorded as Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Aided by Nick Cave, she covered the Brecht-Weill classic “Pirate Jenny” on 2013’s Son of Rogues Gallery comp.

Check it out if you like: The elegantly wasted, i.e., Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, and Marianne Faithfull.

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