Cavetown

Cavetown

Shannen Moser

Sun, July 8, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

PhilaMOCA

Philadelphia, PA

$13.00 - $15.00

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Cavetown
Cavetown
Robin Skinner makes music by himself, in his bedroom, but his songs belong to the world.

As the son of a professional flautist and Cambridge University’s director of music, the 19-year-old UK singer/songwriter—who’s performed under the name CAVETOWN since 2013—has musical talent literally embedded in his DNA. But all that underlying musical theory is nothing without the raw emotional underpinnings that can take a song from technically proficient to transformatively powerful.

Marrying the two is what makes Cavetown so captivating and emotionally resonant with fans. They see themselves in Skinner’s music: tales of love and loss, of yearning to make sense of life and all the feelings that go along with it. For three minutes at a time, listeners feel less alone inside his songs, finding comfort in times of chaos and confusion.

Cavetown’s fourth album, LEMON BOY, puts Skinner’s effortless, bright melodies and economic songwriting on full display. From the looping folk-pop title track (with an inventive music video that’s racked up 1.2 million YouTube views) to the uke-meets-electronica “Fool” and jazzy “888,” it’s an intimate, calming collection that displays a songwriting craft far beyond his years. Most importantly, it’s from the heart.

“I speak about very genuine things and very personal things that I personally find hard to say,” Skinner explains. “That’s why I write a song about it. I think people relate to that: Sometimes they can’t put things into words, but when they hear a song about it, they can point to that.”

Music is how Skinner copes with the challenges of the world, a way to funnel his frustrations into a healthy output. But he’s also determined to connect with listeners any way he can, including through his prolific YouTube presence: Some 300,000 subscribers have made his videos—from covers of songs by artists like Twenty One Pilots and Ed Sheeran to clips showcasing his pets—appointment viewing, to the tune of more than 10 million views.

It’s all an extension of the songwriter who declares he just “wants to make music forever”—and with a magnetic personality and such universally relatable songs, he’s well on his way to achieving that goal and much more.

“I’m honestly just having fun making music right now,” he says. “It would definitely be really cool to tour and stuff, but that’s not what I think about when I make songs. I’m a very in-the-now kind of person. I just go with the flow and see where it takes me.” XX



SHORT:

Robin Skinner makes music by himself, in his bedroom under the name CAVETOWN, but his songs belong to the world.

Fans see themselves in Skinner’s music: tales of love and loss, of yearning to make sense of life. For three minutes at a time, listeners feel less alone inside his songs, finding comfort in times of chaos and confusion.

Cavetown’s fourth album, LEMON BOY, puts Skinner’s effortless, bright melodies and economic songwriting on full display. From the looping folk-pop title track (with an inventive music video that’s racked up 1.2 million YouTube views) to the uke-meets-electronica “Fool” and jazzy “888,” it’s an intimate, calming collection that displays a songwriting craft far beyond his years. Most importantly, it’s from the heart.

“I speak about very genuine things and very personal things that I personally find hard to say,” Skinner explains. “That’s why I write a song about it. I think people relate to that: Sometimes they can’t put things into words, but when they hear a song about it, they can point to that.”
Shannen Moser
Shannen Moser
Hailing from Berks County Pennsylvania, Shannen Moser grew up steeped in folk and country music. Influenced by the historically rich area, stretching farmland, and local folkers, Shannen credits the area with giving her the tools to write the music she does today. Her self- taught guitar plucking style and confessional lyricism are evocative of the area she grew up in. She vividly recalls her first encounter with folk music in her dad’s old truck, playing “Be here in the Morning” by Townes Van Zandt. Since then her love for songwriting has continued to grow.

In 2014 Shannen moved to Philadelphia to pursue her music more earnestly. Her latest recording, the debut LP “Oh My Heart” was released in January this year and has taken her from small bedroom recordings to a more expansive sound. Mostly recorded in a barn in Earlville, New York by Eric Muth, the record moves forward sonically while preserving the sincerity of her earlier work and showcasing Moser’s folk and country influences. The record was later finished in Philadelphia at the Knife Lair, a new studio project headed by Eric Muth and Wyatt Oberholzer. Accompanied by cello from Julia Peters, keys by Joe Evers, and guitar and auxiliary by Muth, Shannen’s band has helped her solo acoustic project evolve into a fuller sounding project. “Oh My Heart” moves beyond the sketchbooks of Shannen’s earlier work and proves an arrival for both her and her band.
Venue Information:
PhilaMOCA
531 North 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
http://www.philamoca.org/