Song of the Day: Shaprece – Her Song

Shaprece

photo by Dave Lichterman

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Her Song” by Shaprece from the 2014 self-released Molting EP.

Shaprece – Her Song (MP3)

Influenced by a mix of trip-hop, 90s R&B, and sweeping orchestral arrangements, Seattle’s Shaprece has been compared to artists like FKA Twigs and Little Dragon in her fresh approach to genre blending. Shaprece’s second release, Molting EP, features collaboration with local producer IG88 as well as composition and arrangement work from Daniel Butman and Phillip Peterson. Shaprece’s attention to detail and imaginative decision to incorporate a heavy dose of strings into the album push her music into a realm of artists to know as 2014 comes to a close.

“Her Song,” released earlier this year, is a subtle testimony to Shaprece’s uncluttered style. Ushered in by quiet snaps and atmospheric background vocals, the singer’s voice surfaces and is manipulated in a flickering soundscape. As the song develops, Shaprece’s vocals (undeniably reminiscent of Yukimi Nagano) share the spotlight with a delicate string arrangement over a trap-inspired digital beat. Shaprece’s confident sound still retains a familiarity that makes it especially enjoyable in a sea of new experimental and genre-defying music sometimes warped beyond recognition.

Shaprece heads to Wild Buffalo in Bellingham with Beat Connection on December 5th. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook for show dates and more! Fpr now, watch Shaprece perform today’s featured song live in the KEXP studio:

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