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Glasgow-based songwriter Shanine Gallagher has been working away quietly for the last few years, having played shows across Scotland with bands like Fazerdaze, Big Deal and JR Green since 2016. Her most recent release, ‘PDF Depression’ is a four track EP produced by Joe McAlinden (Superstar, _Linden) and recorded in a box room studio in deepest, lushest Argyll. Drawing influences from the likes of Pure Bathing Culture, Desire, Chromatics and Wolf Alice, Gallagher combines butter-wouldn’t-melt melodies with vocals that brush the sugar dust of shoegaze, while deftly skirting the edges of darkness and weirdness. Her birthplace in the Highlands is perhaps what Glasgow is to grunge-pop duo Honeyblood: not just an identity, but also a whole mood, a sense of space and time. Gallagher’s rural dream pop is spare in all the right places, but not so hollow all the bones show through. There’s a nourishing warmth to her bright, sometimes jangly vocals, ribboning over minimal, brooding Mary Chain bass and guitars. These are songs of friendship and survival. Stylistically, they might fit snugly inside a long tradition of infectious Scottish pop, but something uniquely dreamy slips out in Gallagher’s lyrics. What’s striking about Gallagher’s work is its radiance this way: her voice lilts prismatically throughout the tracks in a way that feels emotionally imperative, rather than decorative. These songs live in colour.

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