Out now is new EP ‘Miami’ by Californian indie band Starflyer 59, on Velvet Blue Music.
Starflyer 59 have released a multitude of albums, singles and EPs over the last quarter of a century and this is a nice addition to their expansive discography.
The title track, ‘Miami’ is an acoustic-driven slice of psychedelic indie, complete with a laidback, shoegaze-meets-surf guitar ambience. The acoustic guitar playing itself is reminiscent of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, with it’s playful rhythms. The vocals display swagger and confidence; the lyrics, thoughtful and world-weary. The vocal melody changes are backed up by a really memorable guitar riff.
There’s nuances and nods to many alternative rock acts, including Guided By Voices and Radiohead. The guitar solo is a proper rock-flurry à la Screaming Trees and this hook-laden lament will capture the listener’s imagination.
Other tunes on this EP serve as an effective counterpoint to ‘Miami’. The second track, ‘This Recliner’ has a more danceable rhythm: at times is keyboard-driven and expertly blends guitar-based indie with synthpop. It plays like a meeting between guitar gods Muse and the electronically-driven New Order.
There’s more laidback jams too, including the bass-driven ‘Cv2’, which plays like a groovy cousin of an Afghan Whigs tune.
Then, there’s the more upbeat bounce of ‘Once More’, which has a more classic blues-rock (think Stealer’s Wheel) meets modern indie with a psychedelic-tinge.
‘Bored’ is a memorable end to this EP, with the feel of a laid back, 50s rockabilly sensibility blended with the gentle jangle of 80s indiepop.
This EP is so diverse in tone and delivery and has memorable music moments which will captivate and inspire.