“I don’t know where this guy came from ... out of the blue, it seems,” commented an iTunes reviewer of Shy Girls’ 2013 EP “Timeshare.” “But I hope he’s here to stay.”
“He” is singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Dan Vidmar, who has recorded under the moniker Shy Girls since 2011.
“Out of the blue,” appropriately enough, is State College.
Vidmar is an area native and Penn State graduate, now based in Portland, Ore.
If the warm reception of Vidmar’s music (as well as bookings in California with Grammy-winning singer Maxwell on June 23-26 and Chicago’s legendary Lollapalooza festival in August) are any indications of his career trajectory, he is, indeed, here to stay.
Vidmar’s brand of poised, progressive R&B bears a lush electronic edge.
He conveys a sense of yearning without seeming doleful; he is sensual, though not crass.
Vidmar recently fielded some questions from the CDT.
Regarding Lollapalooza, I was contacted by Red Bull Energy Drink, which is curating a stage at the festival, asking if I’d hop on. I’ve done a few Red Bull-curated shows before and they’ve always treated me well.
Also, I don’t do a lot of collaborating when I’m working on Shy Girls material, so it has been nice to get in the studio with some very talented producers and see how they think and work.
Updates on Shy Girls/
• Shy Girls will open for Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Maxwell for a few dates on his tour — June 23, 24 and 26 in California. (https://sbbowl.com/concerts/detail/maxwell)
• Shy Girls has been invited to play Lollapalooza from Aug. 1-3. (www.lollapalooza.com/2014-lineup-alphabetical)
• Shy Girls also will play the official Lollapalooza after-party as a Red Bull Sound Select Artist. (http://do312.com/events/2014/8/2/jhene-aiko)
• Some songs by Shy Girls are on H&M’s in-store playlist.
• Renowned indie-music website Pitchfork featured the band’s song “Under Attack.” (http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14941-various- artists-under-attack)
• Red Bull recently sent Vidmar to London to record a song in their studios. That song release date is still to be determined. (www.redbull soundselect.com/artists/shy girls