Brief Strop

by Sheila Nicholls

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Question 03:53
Elevator 04:19
Hannah 05:15
Eiderdown 04:20
Peanuts 05:34
Medusa 03:38
Patience 03:09
Perfection 04:22
So One Day 02:32
Rapunzel 03:32
Pan 03:41


"This was an independently recorded piano vocal record. When Hollywood picked it up they wanted me to re-record the whole thing. I didn't care for the Disney aesthetic so I said no but we added a few over-dubbed instruments. It went top ten in the US college radio charts and Fallen For You was featured in the film and on the soundtrack of High Fidelity. I toured extensively across the US." SN


released June 1, 1999

all songs written by sheila nicholls
medusa written by sheila and james harrah
hannah by sheila and david barlow

piano/vocal - sheila
guitar/bass - james harrah
cello - cameron stone and hope easton
percussion - luis conte
stand up bass - david pilch
vibes - eldad tarmu
harmonium - dave stringer
hammer dulcimer - sheila and james

executive producer - john boylan
produced by sheila nicholls and james harrah
engineer on piano/vocal/guitar - paul grupp
engineer on overdubs - judy clapp
engineer on medusa - brian springer
programming on medusa - james harrah

all piano and vocal tracks recorded live at Nichols canyon studios (except for harmonies and war isn’t working)at least a year before overdubs. all overdubs, medusa and war isn’t working recorded at our pad.

front cover by amanda stark other photos by norman seef, james harrah and my dad.

artwork by sevie bates and jenny joo
mixed by alan sides at ocean way
mastered by bernie grundman

thanks to the following for various reasons:

james- you land, mum, dad, jim and will, john boylan, LA paz, jackie B, amanda stark, harvey markowitz, jon lind, dan bern, hope easton, sarah bernson, raleigh neal and all of the “splendidfrock” brother tate, heartsong, aimee mc cormick, lucy rogers, miss heather umlah, everybody who came to a show or supported my ass in some way, and all the super talented people who played on this record. thankyou. finally to the infinite universal and undefinable oneness that makes all things possible. peace. pop in for a cuppa at


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Sheila Nicholls Los Angeles, California

Sheila has released 3 albums: Brief Strop, Wake, and Songs From the Bardo. Smattered between songs of desire are rousing feminist fantasies and commentaries on the ridiculousness of worldwide chest-beating
her new project “All of Nature"
includes co-writes with Michael Beckwith, she petitions us to solve the world's problems. Because if we all committed, it would be quite simple to do so.
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