Shalini

We Want Jelly Donuts

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We Want Jelly Donuts is the record fans of producer Mitch Easter have been waiting years to hear; its blend of shimmering yet ragged guitar riffs and gauzy melodies so vividly recalls the heyday of Southern jangle pop icons like Let's Active, the dB's, and Tommy Keene that it's almost easy to overlook the name-above-the-title contributions of ex-Vinyl Devotion frontwoman Shalini Chatterjee. Which is to miss the point of the record entirely, of course: Easter's contributions as composer and producer aside, WWJD is undoubtedly Shalini's baby from start to finish -- her vocals project a warmth and intimacy that lend songs like "Get Free" and "Pandora at Sea" an emotional depth those vintage jangle pop records typically lacked, while the electronic textures that underscore "Emotion Bomb" and "Conviction Overturned" capture an intriguing marriage between past and future.

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