Posted February 9, 2016 by Mike Mineo in Tracks

Shmohawk – “One Stop Shop”


Fresh off a great 2015 that produced one of my favorite albums from the year, Shmohawk have released a single and b-side, the start to what promises to be the first of ample new music throughout the year. Continuing their jangly power-pop sound (with a folk-y naturalism), the Seattle-based group once again prevail with these two efforts. B-side “Electric Window” is a laid-back gem with warm acoustics and a pleasant electric guitar solo mid-way through.

The new single, “One Stop Shop”, is exceptional – and perhaps my favorite Shmohawk track to date (saying a lot since “Believe It’s Done” and “Everything I Want Is Nothing I Can Own” were damn good themselves). The track’s continuous western-y folk twang provides stunning flow, leading to a series of gorgeous chord changes during the bridge and chorus. Shmohawk consistently show extreme talent in regard to hook-y chordal shifts and precision within their instrumentation. I said it last year and I’ll say it again; this trio is primed for big things.

Mike Mineo

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