Today is definitely a very experimental premiere day on VENTS as we keep diving into the dark and creative corners of new music – this time we head over to Portland where we find Starover Blue who are back with the new EP Moneystealer. The album is filled with dreamy melodies that blends perfectly with the beautiful vocals.
Portland, Oregon’s four-piece experimental dream pop act Starover Blue weave nostalgic analog synthesizer, sparkling guitars, ambient textures, and three-part harmonies into a lush wall of sound.
Fans of bands like Cocteau Twins, Wye Oak, The Antlers, and Low Roar will feel very much at home listening to their new EPMoneystealer, named after a dandelion-like seed pod that can be caught midair and wished upon―or so vocalist Kendall Sallay-Milotz was told by her father as a child.
Written after the recent passing of her father, Moneystealer is―according to Sallay-Milotz―“an intimate portrait of loss and all the existential dread and wonder and bittersweet memories that come with it.”
“The evening my dad passed away, this chaplain came in and said ‘when a loved one passes on, someone comes to meet them.’ And I got this fantastical image in my head that I’ll never forget, of my dad’s baby sister―who they lost when she was just little―coming to take his hand and lead him in.”
She continues, “I wrote about it and called the track ‘No Crying in Baseball’ after a famous line from his favorite movie A League of Their Own, as a reminder to hold it together when I perform it.”
While the band’s previous full-length Spacegeist looked outward, exploring themes of technology and dystopia, Moneystealer looks inward, reflecting on the landscape of personal grief, finding ways to celebrate life in spite of mourning.