Cursive Falls From The Sky

by Robb Benson & The Shelk

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Michael Raley Robb covers a lot of territory and range of sound in this release. He's a hook writing, multi instrument playing, vocal chameleon. In "the way through" he invokes the spirit of Talking Heads. In Let them eat cake there is a a hint of the harmonies of a Freddie Mercury Ballad. He could be the lost travelling Willbury, Favorite track: The Way Through.
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Your Pulse 02:11
Road Song 04:32
Gone 02:11
Live Today 02:42
Ones & Zeros 02:39
The Shelk 03:22


After 17 total CD releases (15 being backed by independent labels) I found myself without a label or funding and decided to ask my fans for their support... They responded in a huge way by going way beyond my Kick Starter expectations.

I had been laid off work (after nearly 17 years on the job) at the end of 2012 and had several months severance pay to live on, so I went to work nearly every day I could in my home studio to create this my 5th Solo CD. The result I believe is some of my very best work.

Because I produced much of the record with full drums, bass, keyboard and guitar parts I decided to add the moniker THE SHELK to the name so that he can play live with a rotating cast of Seattle musicians. I have been wanting to use this name for a few years, but never had the chance. I play in the group The Glass Notes, but that formula is different. In the Notes every single song is co-written by myself and Jake Uitti, and mostly performed by the band. In this case, I wanted to write, record, perform and produce it all. I wanted to really stretch my directions, and try new things. I feel this is just the start of a new canvas for future songwriting.

The sound on this album starts out very much like a former solo CD, with lots of indie folk and soulful pop piano, but after a few tunes the record starts to move into many new exciting directions. It goes from a driving Indie Rock, to a dance based electo-pop, to a garage like dirt rock groove, to a synth-orchestra pop and beyond. This album is stylistically all over the place, but very much tied together with the vocal sound that I have brought to the table over my 20 years in music.

I really hope you will enjoy this new 13 song record.

This record was Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering studio.


released May 12, 2013

Everything on this album was written, recorded, produced by Robb Benson with the exception of Drums on "Road Song" by Dominic Cortese, also Lyrics on Cars of Neverland Shake, & Gone by Jake Uitti, Lyrics on Let Them Eat Cake, To Send This Message, and Cursive Falls From The Sky by Liz McDonald, and Lyrics on Live today by Darla Rae Barry Benson.

© Robert Norton Benson Music at BMI


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Shelk Seattle, Washington

Hi I am Robb Benson and I started SHELK as a potential future band back in 2013. Released a full album that year on CD then many digital only basement releases have followed. Eventually became Stereo Embers but that is more of a rock and roll outfit and SHELK is now the solo indie side project (with friends at times) These basement demos are the seeds I release each year. Thanks for listening! ... more

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