Six years ago, the power pop group Shelves released their critically acclaimed self-titled album – and after a gig or two, went silent.
Now, they've returned with the simply titled EP, a short and sweet collection of scuzzy, melodic singalongs five years in the making.
Led by Noel Yeo (formerly of Suchness), Shelves' journey has not been without incident: Daryl Peh relieved Melvin Ho of his guitar duties in 2013, and Yeo moved to Los Angeles. Drummer Robin Chua was unable to lay down drum tracks for some months due to a car accident.
Recording for this EP began in 2013, Yeo revealed in a blog post on the band's website. "After that I left Singapore, so things happened remotely, and we all know how long distance relationships work, i.e. not very well at all."
He further elaborated on the release:
We think of this release more as an extension of our debut LP. All of these songs have been played live before, with the exception of Another Gurl, which has a new part written at the end of it. Something suggested by Alan Bok during the recording, and I thought, why not. We recorded all the new parts as they were written. It was an interesting session at Thom’s Loft, where for weeks I was fueled by beer and Red Bull.
Shelves' EP – recorded and mixed by Singaporean music stalwart Patrick Chng and mastered at Abbey Road Studios – has certainly been hard won.
Stream Shelves' new EP below and buy it on Bandcamp: