AM Shanley is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from the North of Ireland whose pop-soaked lo-fi indie rock and analogue tape soundscapes have evoked comparisons to the likes of Sparklehorse, Guided by Voices and Elliott Smith.
He quickly established himself as a unique songwriter and artist in the Belfast music scene, receiving support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Radio Ulster, holding Artist in Residence at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, receiving awards for his work at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and picking up nominations at the Northern Ireland Music Prize. Shanley has toured extensively in the US and Europe, sharing bills with Hozier, Foy Vance, Phoebe Bridgers and Kurt Vile, and has periodically lived and worked in Nashville and London where he’s written for other artists and contributed music to TV and film, such as The CW's Hart of Dixie and ABC's Switched at Birth.
Following a three year hiatus and a return to Ireland, Shanley assembled a new band and began recording with Julie McLarnon in January 2020 and subsequently signed to Analogue Catalogue Records.
'The most intense, jangly Elliott Smith type subdued beauty imaginable ' - Janglepophub
'Like Morrissey looking across the Manchester canals,' 'He has us mesmerised' - BBC introducing
'Embracing the post-punk vibe of the 1980s, but adding a modern twist...beautifully arranged, 'Redshifting' is a melodic, soothing and interesting single' - The Other Side Reviews
'Stunningly beautiful, haunting ' - Chordblossom
'Wonderful and dreamy...one of those songs that will hang around for the ages, a timeless track..' - AAA Backstage
'He has the vision, the cheekbones and the major tunes..he makes those words and sentiments tumble with much authority' - Stuart Bailie, BBC
'Filled with subtle and sweeping tones'- Mystic Sons
'A musical phenomenon' - Chalk Pit
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