Thursday, June 30


Starflyer 59 is one of those one-man bands that come down the pike every now and again. In this case, the man is Jason Martin, a California-based singer-songwriter who's recorded some ten albums over the past ten years under the SF59 moniker. Apparently, Mr. Martin isn't too pleased that his music is often labeled "shoegazer," and I can't blame him. His songs DO move. They do ebb, flow, build, breathe, etc. Granted, they do so within certain fairly distinct boundaries, but so be it. There are worse things than being accused of being "atmospheric" - especially when there are plenty of examples of verse-chorus-verse to be found amongst the evocative soundscapes...

"Good Sons"/Starflyer 59 [from the LP Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice, 2005]
Good Sons-mp3 [left-click]

"Wake Up Early"/Starflyer 59 [from the LP I Am the Portuguese Blues, 2004]
Wake Up Early-mp3 [left-click]

"Underneath"/Starflyer 59 [from the LP Old, 2003]
Underneath-mp3 [left-click]

"Can You Play Drums?"/Starflyer 59 [from the LP Leave Here a Stranger, 2001]
Can You Play Drums?-mp3 [left-click]

"All the Time"/Starflyer 59 [from the LP The Fashion Focus, 1998]
All the Time-mp3 [left-click]


Fraud and Robbery said...

Thanks for pushing the word out about SF59. Great music. Great vision. I saw them perform last Spring after Talked Voices was released. Good show. Glenn

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who knew who starflyer 59 were.

To me their music's trippy without being trip hop. It's shoegazing vulnerable, ernest and reflective...not to mention good. "Help Me When You're Gone" is my fave.