There’s no doubt; Denver’s got a splendid music scene. Yet despite an artist multiplicity that gives Austin a run for its money, it’s rare to come across an act that captures several sounds of the city simultaneously. So if you want a calculated combo of post-hardcore guitar, jazz-injected percussion, and turbulent pride-of-punk bass riffs, sign up for shadow work.
This capricious art/math-rock trio first crawled out of the woodwork on last May’s debut album Robben Island and have since gone on to share a handful of singles, including two in 2022 alone. The latest one, “Warm Tones”, (mixed and mastered by Snoop Dogg/Lil Baby/Trey Songz producer John Scott) sets the stage for a Southeastern U.S. tour at the end of the month. shadow work has stops planned for Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta, so if you’re the type to hold onto Texas’ high temps as long as possible, consider working their whirlwind “Warm Tones” (with its daring dynamics, melancholy chord changes, and jaw-dropping instrumentation) into your upcoming Fall playlist. Either way, keep on the lookout for a national tour and a new record from shadow work within the next year.