(photo: Jeff Klapperich)
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While I'm not prepared to write a thoughtful and comprehensive review of this little CD-R - hell, I don't even know what it's called - I definitely want to take a moment to draw your attention to this budding outfit. Rose's lyrics are honest and emotive, and his vocals have the balance of innocence and experience that would make William Blake proud. Mandolin, acoustic guitar and pretty-girl harmonies fill out the arrangements with an indie folk aesthetic that reminds me of the National Lights. There's a hint of self-indulgent melodrama that occasionally drags My Shadow's Existence into cliche, but that is usually redeemed by the sincerity and simplicity of Rose's delivery. I wouldn't say all the ducks are in a row just yet, but they're definitely thinking about lining up, and I'd expect a good live show from this act.