8 Songs, 32 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings

The old school fans will love this one.

Starflyer 59 is the most consistently solid band out there. Every album is great, I have my personal favorites. I’ve been a fan since the day “silver” came out. Some of the awesome surf and shoegaze tones from the silver and gold days are heard throughout this album! Instantly one of my favorites, but no better than any other, they’re all good.

Hal Mundane

I have never been disappointed by SF59

I am going through my first listen with this one. It has echoes of the past few Starflyer records but somehow very current and aurally interesting. The production, as always with Starflyer records (with the exception of the first few grungy ones which are all perfect btw), is crisp and clear. No one sounds like this band. Jason Martin is underrated as a songwriter - he's one of my favorites. There are hints of the New Order influence here, but it's a distinctly Starflyer mood going on.



The slump of mediocrity continues...

SF59 haven't had a consistently enjoyable album in 10 years. I think SF59 reached its nadir with this release. It's a dull slog, even considering that it's 8 songs at a little over a half hour. Such a pity. When SF59 is great, they're great, when they are not, meh. What we get is more of the same. Jason is capable of so much better.

About Starflyer 59

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 the music of My Bloody Valentine and other shoegaze icons. Both the Smiths' melodic sense and MBV's walls of reverb-laden guitar would later find their way into Martin's own songwriting.

Testing his musical legs, Martin began writing material and playing keyboards for his older brother's band, Dancehouse Children. Starflyer 59 was subsequently launched in 1993, allowing Martin to create his own warped pop music with the help of several guests. Since Martin wrote every song, produced his own records, and played most instruments himself, there was no need for a conventional lineup in the recording studio. After signing to Tooth & Nail Records, the first Starflyer 59 album was 1994's Starflyer 59, which was followed by another self-titled effort in 1995 that had a gold cover in contrast to the debut's silver cover. Martin kept up a steady pace over the next few years, releasing Americana, The Fashion Focus, and Everybody Makes Mistakes between 1997 and 1999. During this time, he also formed Bon Voyage with his wife Julie and recorded a self-titled album of poppy punk that came out in 1998. (That band recorded two subsequent records in 2002 and 2008.) Over the years, Martin loosened his grip on recording all the parts on the albums by himself, allowing for contributions from many talented musicians including Frank Lenz, Wayne Everett, and Richard Swift. Lenz featured on the excellent 2001 album Leave Here a Stranger, which saw the band expanding their horizons musically while ironically mixing the album in mono. Martin continued to record and release albums at a steady rate of roughly one a year (2003's Old, 2004's I Am the Portuguese Blues, 2005's Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice, 2006's My Island) before slowing his pace a bit. The next two Starflyer 59 records, 2008's Dial M and 2010's The Changing of the Guard, showed Martin's continuing growth as an artist and reflected the changing nature of his life outside music. After spending his whole career recording for Tooth & Nail, Martin self-released the next record, 2013's IAMACEO on his own South Co. Records imprint. His break from Tooth & Nail didn't last long, though, and Martin was back in the fold for the release of the band's 14th studio album, 2016's Slow. ~ John Bush

Riverside, CA




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