Saturday, May 27, 2017

ST★RS – Four Letter Words (2014)



  • Electronic music 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Lo-fi 
  • Alternative 
  • DIY
  • Darkwave 
  • Synthwave 
  • Drone 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Minimalism

Comment: behind the nom de plume ST★RS is Jay Stevens from Portland, USA whose 4-track debut outing starts off with Gold which chimes like an old tape broken up and being played on a tape player with smeared cartridge. One can hear faint droning and powerless drumming around it. By using headphones one can hear almost nothing. Because of that the purpose of that track seems to be totally unclear. It might be it is thought to introduce the other tracks to create such a sort of effect before. Indeed, the situation will change with the second track, Frag, which is based on a reverberating, vibrant drone showcasing its very minimal approach in the first place. Haze is also a drone-based issue though abandoning its minimal approach and employing blackened smouldering of somehow glistening synthesisers and intense drumming. The final track Tosh is the most hovering one and opened toward outer space. Indeed, Jay Stevens watches the stars in a magnificent way. The solid outing is a part of the discography of Bayshore Records.
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