Band of the Day

2014.01.31

Crushed Stars

Celestial indie pop that shimmers with dreamy drops of psychedelia
What if I change my mind, longing for what I left behind?
lyrics from Driving To Atlantis

Farewell Young Lovers is the latest from Crushed Stars. The record was recorded with Grammy winning producer Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Cat Power) and once again most of the instruments were handled by Todd Gautreau who is joined by drummer Jeff Ryan (War on Drugs, Baptist Generals). Crushed Stars beautiful form of quiet indie pop features hints of Red House Painters, The Clientele, Lambchop and Low with previous efforts have receiving glowing reviews from prominent outlets such as Under The Radar, Pitchfork, Stereogum and many others.

Tracks on Farewell Young Lovers range from the effervescent opener “Flowerbomb” to the moody instrumental centerpiece “Poppies” to the Jesus and Mary Chain meets Stax “Haters” alongside several tracks of the dreamy psychedelia the band is known for. Other surprises include a guest theremin player on “Fly” and the first crushed stars guitar solo on “Supernova” with a second one superimposed for good measure.

Drummer Jeff Ryan says, “It seems there’s a new sense of energy woven into these new tracks, there are more textures and electronics expanding the musical landscape. The straightforward harder songs like “Flowerbomb” and “Haters” show a musical side that hasn’t been seen before from us, even though there’s still a common thread between these songs and the others on the album.”