I feel it’s a Hickensian tradition to point out new Starflyer 59 releases, and the new album ‘IAMACEO’ is a bit special. It’s their first release not on Tooth and Nail Records – instead it was crowd funded via Kickstarter. Being a big fan, I put my two penneth in, as much for the buzz of getting my name in the liner notes of the CD as helping one of my favourite bands continue to publish music.
The result is one of their best of recent years, topped off with a classic SF59 style cover. It’s available now via iTunes or directly from their Undertow Store
There’s a new Starflyer 59 album on the way, which means 3 things: I get excited, I talk about it a lot, and people ask me who they are and what they should listen to for a Starflyer introduction.
Their sound has changed a lot over the years, from the debut album Silver, and it’s My Bloody Valentine-ish droning guitars to straighter rock, via New Order and Electronica. It’s hard to pick out an introduction playlist, but I’ve had a go, and you can listen to it on Spotify.
If you do have a listen, ‘Everyone but Me’ is my favourite track of all time, and Silver is in my top 5 favourite albums of all time.
Being my favourite band and all, I’ve been desperate to find evidence of a Starflyer 59 song released for free, and finally I got one! There are different sides to Starflyer, the earlier white-noise shoegazing sound gave way to dabblings into Electronica and even a New Order style sound on the last album.
“Wake up Early” is the opening track from “I Am The Portuguese Blues” (the album before the current one) and its a reet belter. I wanted a track that would demonstrate their noisier sound, and I got it.