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When people, ideas, sounds blend – I just need to listen to it all. And by that, I mean binge hard.
Hazy in absolutely all of the right ways, The Stargazer Lilies bring back crunchy guitars, airy female vocals, and atmospheric soundscapes that completely enclose around you. Coming together without intention; multi-instrumentalist John Cep and singer/bassist, Kim Field, of the band Soundpool, started to realize they were on to something new when working on a group of songs that were beginning to shape into a much different direction.
And, linking up with Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow was certainly a solid avenue for a creative change. Add two live drummers and your ears are met with a wall of shoegaze sound, dripping with reverb and ethereal female vocals that give a nice acid wash over the entire mix.
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Descriptions like these from the record label need to be shared.
Deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania vocoders hum amongst the flowers and synths bubble under the leaf-strewn ground while flutes whistle in the wind and beats bounce to the soft drizzle of a warm acid rain. As the sun peeks out from between the clouds, the organic aural concoction of Black Moth Super Rainbow starts to glisten above the trees.”
“I Think I’m Evil,” was absolutely made for the headphones.
And lastly we have the man himself, Thomas Fec, who’s the thread to all of these sounds. I really got into this guy back in 2010 when I first listened to Maniac Meat. Those synths were beyond harsh, they made me grit my teeth and wince, all while simultaneously bobbing my head. I ate it up. “Creepy Phone Calls” simply blew my mind.
And just like a (fucked up) bottle of wine, Fec has only tightened up his grim, trip-hop sound in that time since then. Thank God, he never lost that love of tape hiss.
If you need more, you can always check out Fec’s pre-TOBACCO days back in high school when he was making hazy noise-rock. You won’t be disappointed. And those in Philly – TOBACCO & The Stargazer Lilies will be playing new material at Underground Arts on July 17th – grab yer tickets here.