Say Psych: Track: RF Shannon – Tooth Ache

RF Shannon is the psychedelic-folk project of Shane Renfro. Having recently returned to the US from a European tour playing alongside Jess Williamson supporting Kevin Morby, Renfro is gearing up for the release of his new full-length album, Trickster Blues, on 4th May on Fuzz Club Records in Europe and Cosmic Dreamer in the US. Trickster Blues shows a new side to RF Shannon, which is largely born out of an urge to approach this album differently to his debut, Jaguar Palace, which was listed in Noisey’s 30 Best Overlooked Albums of 2017. “The process was a drastic shift from the one we took with ‘Jaguar Palace’ and I was hooked. It was a blast all of the time. We kept a quick pace due to external circumstances via random or otherwise inevitable interruptions, so we learned to take what we could get. If a take was good, it was a keeper, we didn’t second guess it. In just four days we had demoed the majority of my new material and it just felt so right.’

‘Tooth Ache’ is a jangling, pensive number that combines soulful Americana and spectral desert blues that have been left to bask in the Texas sun for just the right amount of time. Talking about the track, Renfro explains: “Tooth Ache is about being comfortable in your own skin, having the self-awareness to take it slow. The arrangement is steeped in an early 70s soul sound because that music has a mellow groove that just feels good. I tend to feel like all is right in the world when I’m slowly driving down old country roads with the windows down, so this song is kind of an ode to that vibe. I wanted to write a good backroad song.”


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