Music is so important to me as a form of art. It’s so fleeting…you can only experience it as it’s playing,” Maniak explains. Dancer, with all its violent crises of faith, lingers long after its last rites.
Alexandria Maniak (they/she) has always been at the heart of Shortly, but it’s a project that came together in an instant. Armed with their own songs and a ringing set of chords, they introduced themselves in a Michigan backyard with the name they’ve repeated while sharing the stage with everyone from Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties to Phoebe Bridgers. Audiences and listeners alike dove headfirst into 2018’s Richmond EP, a cavernous and penitent lens into Maniak’s wars between self and faith, humanity and higher power.
Shortly has now arrived with their debut album, Dancer, which takes the rejection and confusion of previous material and transforms it into something freeing and exultant, reconciling Maniak’s past and present with one swift maneuver.