Stardeath and White Dwarfs
The guys in Stardeath and White Dwarfs used to be the road crew for the Flaming Lips. Upon listening to their debut full-length, one ponders how much acid they ate touring with the Lips because The Birth is definitely a trip. This wonderful album shifts moods and musical styles in a way that is both seamless and slippery. When you think you’ve grasped it, there’s a change into something unexpected. The Birth opens with the grand psych rock of â€œThe Sea Is On Fire,â€ mutates into the lazy acoustic balladry of â€œKeep Score,â€ transforms into the eerie title track and, without pausing, explodes into the fleet-fingered fretwork of the instrumental â€œThose Who Are From the Sun Return to the Sunâ€â€”and that’s just the first half of the disc!
Connell Burton McDaniel