Star Period Star — Can't See the Forest
(Audible Cropcircle ACC-20131, 2013, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2014-06-02Can't See the Forest starts out with "Survivorman," which has a great beginning, a rocking riff with nice interaction between guitar, bass, and keys (mostly organ). Then about a minute and a half in, the singing starts. The vocals are off-key, and they've wisely chosen to wrap them in distortion, making the pitch problems into a kind of edgy virtue. The piece ends with some more tight arranging between the instruments, along with a mono-synth solo to wrap it all up. On balance, a successful track. The rest of the CD continues this trend, with great instrumental work marred by vocals that are questionable at best, and sometimes downright painful to listen to. I'd love to recommend Star Period Star — these guys are good players, and the compositions and arrangements are both really good, but in order to become a really good band, something needs to change. This may be one of those things where months down the line, I decide that I can deal with it — I have learned to love some bands whose vocals repelled me at first, but in this case, I don't see it happening.
Related artist(s): Star Period Star
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more