Folk-Rock duo Shovels & Rope have returned with two new singles, ahead of their forthcoming album due February 18 via Dualtone Music, Manticore. With four critically acclaimed albums and multiple collaborative projects, the duo presents fans with a glimpse inside their personal lives. Coming off of their 2021 singles and headlining tour, Shovels & Rope are in it to win it with “Bleed Me” and “The Show.”
The parents of Folk as some might call them Carry Ann Hearst and Michael Trent captured fans hearts when they first broke into the scene releasing music over ten years ago and have been featured in Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, and even Rolling Stone. Having since released four critically acclaimed albums and multiple collaborative projects, the duo have confirmed Manticore is their most intimate and open release to date. With two new singles and an album dropping soon after, fans will be raving over Shovels & Rope!
“Bleed Me” captures the essence of the gift of Hearst and Trent’s two children and the love they express for them and each other. Presenting emotional rawness with intriguing melodies, it’s a reminder that these parents will give their children everything they possibly can. The couple states on the song, “Most parents know the transformative power of your relationship with your child. It’s such a gift, but it requires everything of yourself.” With a piano-driven track, alluring harmonies, and captivating lyrics, you’ll instantly fall in love with this song.
Being married to your creative partner has so many advantages, but also some challenges too. “The Show” expresses what the gray areas are like between stage life and real-life with knowing when to turn it on and when to shut the flash off. What begins with swaying guitar strums and easy-listening vocals, you’re pulled into a track that will have you feeling engaged with the artists themselves. Picking up in the middle of the track with a repetitive drum beat and ascending piano vibrations, it prepares you for the energetic chorus. The elevation of melodies during the chorus shines with its lyrics, “I’m taking off my show tonight/Turn off the flash. The neon light./Crawl through the city ‘till I find your side.” While “Bleed Me” is the track you’ll be listening to for emotional support, “The Show” is the one that will hype you up.
With over 600,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Shovels & Rope continue to provide a community for their fans of comfort and engagement with tracks that make you feel like you’re part of their story. Amongst releasing two new singles, fans are already thrilled to have new music from Shovels & Rope. Manticore drops February 18 and you can stream the duo’s new singles everywhere now.
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