7 October 1969, Washington, DC, USA. After the Maryland-based indie rock cult heroes Velocity Girl broke ranks in 1996, vocalist Shannon took her time embarking on a full-blown solo career. Once she got going, however, the honey-toned vocalist left her former bands guitar-based sound far behind. Shannon did make one EP with the group Starry Eyes in 1997 and the self-released, sparsely distributed Estheraho EP under her own name in 1999, but her first solo album did not come out until 2002. Instead of Velocity Girls lo-fi-meets-shoegazer sound, Sarah Shannon was full of classy, piano-centric pop bearing a sizeable debt to Burt Bacharach. While this stylistic shift surely disconcerted a fair amount of old Velocity Girl fans, Shannon nevertheless stuck to her guns.
Five years later, after taking a sabbatical to start a family, shifting her base of operations to Seattle, Washington, and signing to the Chicago-based Minty Fresh label,...