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For All inquiries Email the band at shanentropy@gmail.com

 
 
 

BIO

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    Formed in 2014 and immersed in the rich, competitive music scene of Portland, Oregon, Shannon Entropy has been described as “a study in musical dynamics” (Ryan J. Prado, Portland Mercury) and “a haunting, ethereal sound coupled with a strong intuition for songwriting that is absolutely fascinating to play on repeat” (Marissa Abruzzini, Tour Worthy).

    Shannon Entropy’s first full-length release, Out There Ideas, will be released June 16th on all major platforms. Produced by Jordan Richter, Febian Perez, and Cameron Spies, recorded by Jordan Richter at Room 13 Studios and the Hallowed Halls, and mastered by Adam Gonsalves of Telegraph Mastering, Out There Ideas will be the band’s first major statement and a bold bid for wider recognition.

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    As dark as it is light, as poppy as it is rocky, and as challenging as it is listenable, Shannon Entropy has tapped into a sound that, much like Claude Shannon’s heady information theory, is hard to pin down—and that’s the best part. When you peel off the headphones, you might realize you are less confident about what this band is and where they are going than when you started. All you’re convinced of is that you need to start again from the top.

    Formed in 2014 and immersed in the rich, competitive music scene of Portland, Oregon, Shannon Entropy has been described as “a study in musical dynamics” (Ryan J. Prado, Portland Mercury) and “a haunting, ethereal sound coupled with a strong intuition for songwriting that is absolutely fascinating to play on repeat” (Marissa Abruzzini, Tour Worthy).

    Shannon Entropy’s first full-length release, Out There Ideas, will be released June 16th on all major platforms. Produced by Jordan Richter, Febian Perez, and Cameron Spies, recorded by Jordan Richter at Room 13 Studios and the Hallowed Halls, and mastered by Adam Gonsalves of Telegraph Mastering, Out There Ideas will be the band’s first major statement and a bold bid for wider recognition.

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    Shannon Entropy, like it’s namesake, is not easily defined.

    Just as Claude Shannon’s information theory, or entropy, is much more than a tendency of systems to move toward disorder, it feels dishonest to quickly categorize Shannon Entropy and move on with your day, kept comfortable by the illusion of understanding and simple categorization. Rather, when one puts on a pair of headphones and dives deep into Shannon Entropy’s intricately assembled soundscapes, a picture slowly starts to reveal itself – one that thankfully will remain incomplete and ever-evolving as this young band matures and continues to challenge itself.

    Formed in 2014 and immersed in the rich, competitive music scene of Portland, Oregon, Shannon Entropy has been described as “a study in musical dynamics” (Ryan J. Prado, Portland Mercury) and “a haunting, ethereal sound coupled with a strong intuition for songwriting that is absolutely fascinating to play on repeat” (Marissa Abruzzini, Tour Worthy).

    In the span of any one track, you are likely to discover soothing vocals, psychedelic pop phrases dripping with reverb, powerful rock instrumentation with a flare for the dramatic, groovable basslines, punchy percussion, and ultimately, a song that is more than the sum of its influences.

    Guitar parts from Jesse and Libby Hamlin often reflect the mathematical early days of Minus the Bear, the soaring drama of MUSE, and the effects-laden aesthetics of modern guitar-fueled psychedelic rock. The smooth, inviting quality of David Hickey’s vocals is reminiscent of the indie pop styling of Matt Mondanile (Real Estate and Ducktails). Hickey also provides traditional keys, massive synths, and strings to round out the band’s sound. Roman Beurmann offers form to each song with his driving bass lines and vital supportive low-end. Kevin Wilbanks sits the drums and provides punchy, technically proficient percussion to energize the band in explosive crescendos or draw the listener in with more skeletal breakdowns.

    As dark as it is light, as poppy as it is rocky, and as challenging as it is listenable, Shannon Entropy has tapped into a sound that, much like Claude Shannon’s heady information theory, is hard to pin down, and that’s the best part. When you peal off the headphones, you might realize you are less confident about what this band is and where they are going than when you started. All you are convinced of is that you need to start again from the top.

    Shannon Entropy’s first full-length release, Out There Ideas, will be released June 16th on all major platforms. Produced by Jordan Richter, Febian Perez, and Cameron Spies, recorded by Jordan Richter at Room 13 Studios and the Hallowed Halls, and mastered by Adam Gonsalves of Telegraph Mastering, Out There Ideas will be the band’s first major statement and a bold bid for wider recognition.

 
 

Genres

Indie Rock, Math Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Recommended if you Like

Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips, The XX, Minus the Bear, Tame Impala, Beach House

 
 

REVIEWS

 
  • Portland Mercury

    Steeped in a wild mix of styles, Portland's Shannon Entropy extend beyond the parameters of so many other local pop-rock bands. Tonight's release show celebrates their debut, Tamale EP. It's a study in musical dynamics, with opening track "Caves" blipping in with electronic rhythms, lulling your senses with a slow-burning verse sung by Tamsyn Cox and backed by David Hickey, unfurling a lushly textured melodic pop downer. The jazzier intricacy of "Pimpilla" furthers the experimentation of smashing a groovy R$amp;B foundation with flourishes of hip-hop, electro-psych, and more. By the time you get to the album's likely single, "Janky Leg," the band switches gears again to a watery island-pop that fusses in funk-tinged grooves and a big chorus. The tape release is limited to 200 copies, so pick one up while they're hot. RYAN J. PRADO

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  • Tour Worthy

    ChillFest’s lineup also introduced me to a band I’d never personally heard before, and now I wonder how that could even have been possible. I’m almost angry that I had never heard of Shannon Entropy until I saw this show on my calendar, because they are insanely cool. They have a haunting, ethereal sound coupled with a strong intuition for songwriting that is absolutely fascinating to play on repeat. I’m curious to hear what this group sounds like in a live setting. If they’re anything like the recordings, they’re going to gain a ton of new fans at this gig. MARISSA ABRUZZINI

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  • Sunday Experience

    Something else we’ve been smitten with since it veered into our listening orbit, this lot hail from Portland, Oregon – they number five in the ranks describe their sound as ‘intricate guitar work, bangin trip hop percussion, psychedelic soul and mystical vocals’ which sadly underplays their strengths and certainly hides well beneath the bushel the lead cuts utter beauty. Anyhow this is Shannon Entropy with their debut EP which comes pressed up on a limited to 200 only cassette – a copy of which we frankly want. ‘Caves’ the best thing here opens the set, a strangely alluring slice of soft psych bewitchment that pulses bitter sweetly between a duelling melodic persona that finds the aching folk seduction of Tamsyn’s conversation weaving ghost lit spectral shapes across a deliciously hypnotic snake winding groove that oozes and echoes to the subtle cool of a heaven-sent studio face-off engaged between beatglider, working for a nuclear free city and dark captain light captain. ‘Pimpilla’ is no slouch in the affection stakes either, exquisitely detailed in noir traced soul sophistication which to these ears had us of a mind to re-familiarise ourselves with the much missed ROC. MARK BARTON

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Media

Includes album one sheet, photos, logos, high-res videos, and more - all available for download.

 
 

AUDIO

 

Contact the band at shanentropy@gmail.com for a download link of the entire debut album

 
 
 

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