It’s a little hard to listen to the airy baroque pop of Shenandoah and the Night and not imagine the majestic national park and valley of the same name. Perhaps it’s because the three-year-old Brooklyn quartet’s music evokes an evening in the Shenandoah Valley: lush, starry and filled with nocturnal cool.
It may come as a surprise then that the “Shenandoah” in the band’s name refers to frontwoman Shenandoah Ableman, a seasoned cabaret jazz singer who shifted from performing in burlesque shows to leading the group in early 2011. Ableman is joined in the group by drummer Sean Hutchinson, guitarist Seth Johnson and multi-instrumentalist and back-up vocalist Mitchell Yoshida.
Shenandoah and the Night’s self-titled EP was released last May. The four-piece followed up the debut five-track of doo wop, rhythm-and-blues and country-inflected pop with a new single, “So Low, So High,” which came out last week. The catchy, optimistic tune is available for download above. It is also performed in the video below.
Shenandoah and the Night plays Cameo Gallery on Tuesday night.