Release date: April 26, 2019
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
In 1994 & 1995 Starflyer 59 released Silver and Gold, two of what I think were the best shoegaze albums ever made (if you’ve never listened to these albums, stop what you’re doing and listen to Duel Overhead Cam). Almost 25 years later the band has traded their heavy drone for a dream pop/post-punk hybrid. Yet, even with the passing of time, there are a few things you can count on. One of those things being the consistently rich, warm, and fuzzy guitar tones delivered by Jason Martin from album to album.
On Young in My Head, Martin writes about the passing of time and how even we age, we never feel as old as we are. This nostalgic theme is intensely relatable and oddly comforting. Hey, Are You Listening? includes synths played by TW Walsh of Pedro the Lion fame and captures that unmistakable SF59 sound. The title track, Young in My Head, reminds me of 80s new wave/alternative tracks that dominated the radio when I was a kid. Cry exudes a lounge-y feel full of jangly hazy guitars that crescendos with a beautiful blissed-out choral vibe. On somber and synth-heavy Remind Me, Martin candidly reminisces about his career and the glories of years gone by. Crash is a sturdy rock-n-roll song with a surf-rock influence.
Listen to: 1, 2, 4, 5, & 10