Shepherd’s Tone is an atmospheric synth project created by Pittsburgh artist Jared Simpson; his self-titled debut came out in late May.
When I said that Shepherd’s Tone is “atmospheric,” I meant reeeaal atmospheric. Like, drifting-through-the-upper–stratosphere-at sunset-so-much-haze-that-you-can-only-see-objects’-outlines atmospheric. The four-song project buries Simpson’s narcotic vocals beneath sprawling washes of lo-fi synthesizer. Each chord stretches out like a vapor trail being painted across the sky by a distant plane, one occupied by melancholy hearts and lonely souls. “Daydream” plays like a slowcore take on Candy Claws’s Hidden Lands album, augmenting downcast lyrics (“I am calling you up on the phone/Wondering when you’ll come home”) with smears of technicolor melody. A meditative, evocative listen indeed.