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After 20 years of record-making, Starflyer 59’s Jason Martin shows no sign of compromising his unique vision. This veteran alternative Christian artist (now on his own after two decades with the Tooth & Nail label) has long taken inspiration from such brooding Brits as The Smiths, The Psychedelic Furs, and The Cure. IAMACEO testifies to Martin’s ability to channel his influences into spiritually probing songs that avoid easy answers. His coolly insinuating vocals are matched by atmospheric tracks built around minor-key melodies and lean instrumental work. Themes of career fulfillment (the title tune), family ties (“Bicycle Rider”), and existential longing (“Pot of Gold”) give the album a lyrical heft under its sonic surface. As on past albums, Martin acknowledges the pull of the dark side (especially in “Through My Door”) while continuing to cling to a shaky but persistent faith (“My Light”). The sleek flow of “Red Tide” and the tango-like rhythm of “I Feel Black” help balance the somber introspection of ballads like “Father John.” In the Starflyer 59 tradition, IAMACEO tempers its angst with the hope of redemption as it rocks with a moody edge.

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Another great offering from SF59

Folks who supported the album's creation through kickstarter got an early digital download of the album. As such, I've had the album for a few weeks already, but I wanted to encourage everyone here to SUPPORT THIS BAND! Invest in thisband and you invest in quality, hand-crafted music and in Jason's ability to create more gems like this in the future.

Each SF59 album in recent years has become more refined musically and this album is no exception. Great melodies and vocals. Lots of minor keys to touch your soul and good late 80s bass lines (little bit of Smiths here, little bit of Peter Hook from New Order there...all very tastefully done).The lyrics are deeper and truly honest. This album is more contemplative and personal than any SF59 album in past.

This album was a bit of a slowburner for me at first, so give it some time if it doesn't grab you right away. I liked it well enough on the first listen, but nothing really stood out and grabbed me like on COTG (Shane, Trucker's Son, Morning Rise), but I liked it more and more with each listen. Now, some 3 weeks later and this is still the only album I'm listening to in the car each day to work.

Favorite tracks so far: IAMACEO, Red Tide, Open Hands. Father John, for me, was one of the weaker tracks (musically).

IAMACEO is awesome, as usual.

This is a fantastic album from Jason Martin. It's his first album since leaving his former label Tooth & Nail, and he hasn't missed a beat. Every album has standout tracks and this one has many, such as Bicycle Rider, Pot Of Gold, and the title track IAMACEO.

Mr. Martin is a genius.

That is a fact.
Great album.


Formed: 1993 in Riverside, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Jason Martin is the sole songwriter behind Starflyer 59, a project that combines his love for British shoegaze, Beatlesque pop, dreamy space rock, and the songcraft of assorted indie bands. A native of Southern California, Martin was raised in a Christian household without the influence of secular music. He later discovered the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead at the age of 12, and although Christianity continued to play an integral role in his life, Martin's faith didn't prohibit him from delving into...
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