Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Michael Shanks. I discovered this creative artist while shuffling songs on Spotify and I instantly loved the “Universe” in his songs.
Are you ready for a trip to Europa, not the European continent but the satellite of Jupiter?
Michael Shanks will make you travel exactly as David Bowie did with Space Oddity.
In fact, I found some similarities with Bowie in the way Michael writes his songs.
The Beautiful and very reverberated sounds are perfect to describe even more the vastness of the universe.
We are dealing with a talented songwriter who is able to excite and make travel his listeners.
The production is very good and the mix very well balanced. A product of sure quality.
Beautiful ideas inspire Michael Shanks’ lyrics, a truly creative artist that I’m glad to have discovered being also a lover of astronomy.
Music and stars what more do you want?
Mermaids of Europa is Michael Shanks’ Single Out Now!
Michael Shanks is a galaxy trippin’ musician, singer-songwriter and bandleader from Texas whose performances have thrilled audiences from Buenos Aires to Beijing. His unique blend of psychedelic rock, funky grooves and storytelling lyrics paints vibrantly sonorous images in the listener’s mind. Shanks’s most recent single, “Creature of the Night”, has been called the darkly whimsical lovechild of Jimi Hendrix and Tom Waits. Michael is also a seasoned touring guitarist who has shared the stage with numerous world-renowned artists such as Suzanne Vega, Mando Saenz, Duncan Sheik, Jovino Santos Neto, Caretta Bell, and Down North.
Born in the wild, worldly sprawl of Houston, Texas, from a very young age Michael experienced music from around the globe. At home his family would jam the likes of the Doors, CCR and even Beethoven, but out in Houston’s thriving arts scene he was introduced to Ravi Shankar, Philip Glass, Joe Guitar Hughes, Astor Piazzolla and countless other internationally known musical innovators. This melting pot of music paved the way for Michael’s broad musical vision that looks beyond borders or genres.
About Mermaids of Europa…
2099 – Under the giant subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa lives a tribe of mermaids with curious healing powers. A human mission to Europa discovers them and consequently takes one hostage. They currently are on a journey back to Earth.
“This song began with a warm spring evening in Houston, Texas when I pointed my telescope up at Jupiter. Amazed to see its four biggest moons clearly through the telescope’s glass, I began researching those distant worlds and found that one of them, Europa, has the potential to harbor life. Immediately I began dreaming up this song. What could live under the icy waters of this distant moon: mermaids”.