The nostalgic tones of a Juno-106 combine with ambient layers, sparkling guitars, and airy, bittersweet vocals to define Starover Blue’s sophomore LP Ordinary Magic. Much like Spacegeist, their 2016 debut, the record is a synth-saturated opus, drawing from classical music, dream pop, and folk, as well as sci-fi and dystopian fiction. Tracks “Janeway,” “A B Y,” “Anemone,” and “The Howl Makes No Sound” showcase the group’s penchant for textural experimentation and subtle odd meters.
Founding members Kendall Sallay and Dirk Milotz began their musical partnership in 2007 in the San Jose State University music department. Live, the band pulls from a multi-faceted discography, appealing to fans of acts such as Cocteau Twins, Wye Oak, Beach House, The Joy Formidable, Low Roar, and The Antlers.
Book of Spells, the latest full-length release from Portland experimental indie rockers The Eldest Young, chronicles a restless young man’s search for connection, meaning, and love, taking sonic cues from Mt. Joy, Tame Impala, and the National. Through contemplative, danceable tracks full of shimmering synths, grooving basslines, and drawling vocals that ring like mantras, we follow our protagonist as he ventures deep into the world of mysticism in hopes of combatting his loneliness and discovering a sense of purpose. Will he find what he’s looking for?
Vortex Magazine writes of Ezza Rose: “Her beautifully delicate, mournfully classic voice floats amongst the loosely bound, misty particles in the air and our minds and fills the cracks with a sound that’s chilling and comforting, all at once.”