Sachal Vasandani
Midnight Shelter

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  • 1. Summer No School 4.17
  • 2. Before You Go 4.41
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  • 4. River Man 3.31
  • 5. Great Ocean Road 4.07
  • 6. Throw It Away 4.41
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  • 8. Love Away 3.08
  • 9. Blackbird 2.46
  • 10. Dance Cadaverous 4.55
  • 11. One Last Try 3.25
The beautifully raw and intimate new album from US vocalist Sachal Vasandani feat. Romain Collin

Release date: 23 April 2021

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US vocalist Sachal Vasandani and French / New York-based pianist Romain Collin release ‘Midnight Shelter’, a beautifully intimate, raw and emotive album recorded in 2020.

Credits and About

Sachal Vasandani Voice

Romain Collin Piano

1. Summer No School (Sachal Vasandani/ Erik Privert)
2. Before You Go (Lewis Capaldi/ Ben Kohn/ Pete Kelleher/ Phil Plested/ Tom Bames)
3. Adore You (Harry Styles/ Amy Allen/ Tyler Johnson/ Thomas Hull)
4. River Man (Nick Drake)
5. Great Ocean Road (music by Romain Collin/ lyrics by Sachal Vasandani)
6. Throw It Away (Abbey Lincoln)
7. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob Dylan)
8. Love Away (Sachal Vasandani)
9. Blackbird (John Lennon/ Paul McCartney)
10. Dance Cadaverous (music by Wayne Shorter/ lyrics by Sachal Vasandani)
11. One Last Try (Romain Collin)

Produced by Sachal Vasandani and Romain Collin
Executive producer Dave Stapleton

Recorded by Jeremy Loucas at Big Orange Sheep Studios - Brooklyn, NY, July 11 & 12, 2020
Assistant engineer, Azu Olvera and Dave Turk
Mixed by Jeremy Loucas
Mastered by Jeremy Loucas at Sear Sound, New York, NY

Album Artwork by Oli Bentley & Will Hibbert, Split
Photography by Dave Stapleton
Back Cover Photograph by Fernando Diaz Vidaurri

Romain Collin booking and management: SGENT NATION / stephan@sgentnation.com
Sachal Vasandani booking and management: Adrian Ross, ARE GROUP / adrian@are-group.net

‘album of incredible understatement, intimate delicacy and tender lyricism’ Jazzwise

‘…the pairing of Sachal Vasandani’s achingly tender voice and Romain Collin’s expansive piano is a needed sonic embrace during a time of discontent’ Downbeat


Midnight Shelter is the beautifully raw and intimate new album from US vocalist Sachal Vasandani, featuring French/New York-based pianist Romain Collin.

Up close and personal re-workings of classics by outstanding songwriters Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Lennon/McCartney and others, alongside spellbinding memorable originals.

Recorded in 2020, this music captures a moment in time, one of uncertainty and reflection. Originating from a shared desire to create after months in isolation, it’s a powerfully inspiring and deeply authentic album, expressing a want and a need to connect. As Sachal explains: “I met up with my friend and neighbor Romain Collin in the park near my house. After sharing our stories, we agreed we should play – just get together and play. We didn’t set out to make a record, but getting together in the studio gave me a chance to work through the anxiety and anger I’d kept inside throughout the spring and summer.”

With a warm, compelling sound, ‘Midnight Shelter’ imaginatively reworks well-loved music by Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Lennon/McCartney and other outstanding songwriters, alongside spellbinding sensitive originals, uniquely expressed. The healing power of music and collaboration is overwhelmingly evident here.

Romain Collin: “In this time of isolation, being able to spontaneously create music with Sachal was so refreshing. He’s such a versatile musician, and putting together a repertoire of songs that we could re-imagine in an intimate way in the studio felt special to us. I hope this music keeps people in good company.”

This music is complete in its artistry and freedom. The combination of Sachal’s deeply expressive vocals and the pianism and sensitivity of Romain’s playing is a perfect union. Each heartfelt breath is palpable, arousing intense feeling, demanding attention and drawing the listener in. These are sounds you wake up with in your head.

These have been particularly trying times for performing musicians, many of whom have lost that avenue of expression alongside their livelihoods. Yet there has not been a time in recent memory in which musical creativity and communication have played such an essential role in revealing the dark and shedding the light on life’s uncertainties.

This warm, intimate and honest album serves as a reminder of the anguish that 2020 represented for many, but also looks to the promise and optimism of a brighter future.


Up close and personal re-workings of classics by outstanding songwriters Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Lennon/McCartney and others, alongside spellbinding memorable originals.