Shelby Merry is musician and composer from Gallipolis, Ohio who’s music first came to my attention when it was featured as part of the animated TV series, Final Space. She is also the author of Second Planet, which you can find on Amazon. Gallows, the track I will be discussing today is from their album ‘Young Guns’ which was released on November 16th 2013.
Completely separate from Final Space, I fell in love with this song a hundred different times, it’s just so powerful. Merry’s voice is a triumph of the melancholic and bittersweet, beautiful and resonant and special. Conservatively I’ve written maybe 500-600 music reviews since I first started this whole thing back in 2017, and conservatively over the course of my life I’ve consumed thousands of pieces of music, and there have been songs which I’ve related to moments that have made them even more special, for example I said in my Rop Pope review how ‘A Drop in the Ocean’ is mine and Tori’s song, and it is so important to me. But man this song is so amazing, it’s a genuine journey and I think I could write another 500-600 reviews and listen to another few thousand tracks and I still wouldn’t find something that hits as hard as this.
It’s not even just one thing really, I love the sliding guitar, the soft acoustic lilting, that flows into the vocals, which just hold you tight. I have a habit of just getting obsessed with a handful of songs, It happened with Radar Love by Golden Earring, it happened with Skin by Rag’n’Bone Man, it happened with A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope (as I mentioned above), it happened with Hold On by Chord Overstreet and it happened now with Gallows by Merry Shelly. It is a singularly impactful and meaningful piece of music that I could never tire of hearing and that touches my heart.
So that’s all I have to say about ‘Gallows’ by Shelby Merry and if you’d like to check it out for yourself, alongside the full album, then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it show support for the artist by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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