Shoebox's debut 12-inch last year was shaded with a nostalgic, autumnal quality, adding a bit more flair to what could have been a typical slab of edits. Shoebox returns almost exactly a year later here, a little more energetic and even more adventurous.
"Roam No More" showcases a gift for arrangement, as a chiming guitar riff slowly crawls out from underneath some dusty bongos. Throw in a walking bassline, strings and some distant vocals (and flutes!) and you've got nine captivating minutes that boils over for a satisfying 30 seconds, before receding back into its crackly vinyl haze. The disco is balanced with two more of those hypnagogic interludes, with "Saggitarius Rhymes with Aquarius" and especially the ballroom waltz of "Got So Much" reminiscent of Ghost Box and their eerie evocations of childhood, audibly aged sound and warbly melodies. Then there's "I Got a Feeling." Based off a simple clipped phrase, it's one of those magical little bars where the guitar lick feels more electric every time it repeats. Shoebox teases out new sounds until a kick drum takes over and the entire thing is a shimmering mass of contagious ecstasy.
Tracklist: Shoebox - ShiftedA Roam No More
B1 I Got A Feeling
B2 Got So Much
B3 Sagittarius Rhymes With Aquarius