New York band Stargroves has been covering songs by Sigur Rós, Stars, and Freelance Whales for a while. They first caught my eye when they became the one (and so far, the only) band that I’ve enjoyed listening to after checking them out when they followed me on twitter. Their covers did the original artists justice as the band’s influences are also some of my personal favourites. “Within Me A Lunatic Sings”, written in response to Sigur Rós’ “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” (my personal favourite) is definitely an interesting and pleasing listen. We hear and read various interpretations and reactions to music but how often do we hear an entire song?
One of the main things that also stood out to me was lead singer Teddy Watson’s absolute passion for his music. To concentrate on Stargroves’ music, Watson escaped to Iceland early 2012, a sojourn which led to the creation of “Westfjords”. The emotional musicality uniquely interpreted by many Icelandic bands resound in Stargroves’ work. Accompanied by honest lyrics put to Watson’s familiar voice, Stargroves is able to unearth feelings of childhood euphoria. Songs like “Hats in the Air” are filled with hope and many others feature Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin, whose pure voice brings a little sunshine itself to the band’s music.
Along with Bryan Percivall on bass, Oskar Häggdahl on drums, and Enrico de Trizio on keyboard and accordion, the band has been recording several singles with Jeremy Sklarsky, producer of Freelance Whales’ Weathervanes, which will hopefully bring a full length album in 2014! Settle in with Stargroves and “say hello to the sun”.
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