A Captivating Explosion of Color | “Radiant Hue” by Shadow Show


Logan Juncaj, Writer/Volunteer

Over three years since the release of their debut album, Silhouettes, Detroit garage-psych trio Shadow Show returns with their newest track, “Radiant Hue.”

Exploding with color, “Radiant Hue” is characterized by melodic vocals, fuzzy guitars and a steady, unbeatable rhythm section that marks an experimental and courageous step for the group. Sounding closer to shoegaze or dream pop than their normal garage-psych sound, “Radiant Hue” may be a preview of future releases from the group.

Listeners have the distinct fortune and pleasure of listening to this track whilst eagerly awaiting the release of Shadow Show’s upcoming sophomore album. This single’s release is also accompanied by a striking new music video which transports viewers to a hallucinogenic dream realm of kaleidoscopic insanity. 

Shadow Show, composed of guitarist/vocalist Ava East, drummer/vocalist Kerrigan Pearce and bassist/vocalist Kate Derringer, came onto the Detroit rock scene in summer of 2018 and has since established itself as one of the city’s most promising acts. The female trio brings a Beatles-like melodic sensibility to energetic garage pop songs and combines otherworldly lyrical themes with mod pop melodies, psychedelic garage rock and layered group harmonies. The cover art for “Radiant Hue” actually reminds me of the cover art for The Beatles’ album Rubber Soul.

“Radiant Hue” is a tune you can listen to while happy or sad; it makes you want to get up and dance or lie dazed in a trance. It’s a colorful adventure, and the band’s future is bright. I can’t wait to see what comes next from the trio: If they continue to release music of this caliber, their rise to stardom is almost certain. 

Shadow Show is currently on their spring tour across the United States, which included a stop at SXSW in Austin, TX and ends back in Detroit at UFO Factory on March 24.