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Wishful Thinking EP

by Shelf Nunny

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Shelf Nunny is the alias of current Seattle-based electronic musician Christian Gunning. A creator of beautiful melancholic beats, his exploration into music production began in 2012 while living in California and collaborating with his friend Oliver Nickell aka Tree. Their impressive early works quickly landed Tree a contract with coveted UK label Apollo Records, while Shelf Nunny continued to plug away and learn his craft behind the scenes. Finding heavy inspiration in the works of Daisuke Tanabe, Hot Sugar, and Sun Glitters, Gunning has evolved his sound to new organic heights, repurposing found sounds to add a warm and hypnotic touch to his downtempo-leaning soundscapes. His 2014 single “Dancing In My Chair” found a home on the popular Italian label Bad Panda Records and a remix for his idol Sun Glitters was featured on a SVNSET WAVES compilation, both tracks introducing Shelf Nunny to a growing online fanbase.

'Wishful Thinking' marks his debut for Hush Hush, the Seattle-based label specializing in cinematic, wistful, emotional electronic music. A heavy melancholy persists over the EP’s four tracks, the sonic result of the dissolution of a wedding engagement that ultimately inspired the release’s emotional tone. While there’s a sad undercurrent that runs throughout the set, each track contains a moment of bright optimism, whether it’s a burst of double-time dancefloor-baiting rhythms or a particularly cheery melody that arises to the forefront. Finding a genuine balance between naïve hope and depressed hopelessness, 'Wishful Thinking' documents a blossoming artist tackling life’s hardships in a mature, honest, and captivating manner. Perfect for contemplative headphone listening sessions, as the soundtrack to scenic late-night drives, or unpredictable intimate romantic encounters, Shelf Nunny’s biggest statement to date announces the arrival of a new talent into the fertile Pacific Northwest music scene.


released January 22, 2016

Produced by Christian Gunning aka Shelf Nunny.

Mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering.

Cover photo by Daniel Glynn.
Design by Julio Gutiérrez.


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