Ted Hajnasiewicz is a prolific artist especially as of late. One of his latest entitled Shelter In ties in common themes we have heard artists sing about since the beginning of last year. Yes, the pandemic has been juicy content for artists in many different disciplines. Shelter In flirts with a number of different themes but the pandemic certainly seems like one of them.
The first song is entitled “Sidekick to Superhero” and is an upbeat, swinging tune that feels like it’s meant to be a sing-along. There are driving drums, wild harmonica, acoustic guitars, bass and catchy vocals.
“Most of All Be Safe” is an earnest song about going to war. It’s a clever metaphor because as the song progresses it becomes obvious he isn’t talking about traditional warfare. He seems to be talking about medical professionals taking care of people infected with COVID. I loved the horns on this song.
Next up is a song simply titled “Untitled” which is a classic country/rock song in some ways. It has a familiar quality that you used to hear a lot more often. I thought the way it was built with instrumentation was great. It makes the song feel more lively, present and less reflective.
“AT&T'' is very much about the phone company and Hajnasiewicz sort of laments about smartphones and how the old days were better. I loved this song but did feel like he was barking up the wrong tree if we are going to pay attention to the details but I totally get where he was coming from. Smartphone technology became ubiquitous from companies like Apple, Google and Samsung. “Your Face My Day” is the song that is most directly about the pandemic in a general way. It’s also upbeat and quite positive. Hajnasiewicz sings “The best part of my day / Is getting to see your face.”
This was one of my favorite releases from Hajnasiewicz. There’s a good amount of variety and some of the best songs. Recommended.
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