The dream-pop, space-rock group Stella Luna formed from the ruins of Starbelly. Hailing from Northeast Florida, Stella Luna is comprised of Susan Hanson (guitar/vocals), Devon Smith (guitar/vocals), Rhonda Roberts (bass), Jennifer Sterling (keyboards) and Darin Fitzpatrick (drums). Their influences stem from the gauzy beauty of My Bloody Valentine and Siddal to the hazy daydream trip of Sonic Youth. They inked a deal with Clairecords in early 2002 and released the Stargazer EP later that summer.
Summer 2002 ushers in the debut release by stateside guitar atmospherists Stella Luna. The 4 song EP will be a precursor to their full-length follow up later this year. Our outer space explorers completed the project at Retrophonic Studios with 35 year recording veteran Jim Devito. The EP was recorded entirely analog to tape through all vintage recording equipment, using only tube gear, tube mics, and vintage amplifiers to achieve a very big - warm expanse of sound. A non-stop voyage from the shattering opener “Change” and intensely cinematic “Stargazer” to the swirling, organ-like Leslie guitar tones of the sci-fi “Antares” and the climaxing album closer - “A Bridge to Nowhere”. The sounds heard on the Stargazer EP via understated drums, percolating analog synths, wildly-effected guitars and the layered vocal bliss of Hanson and Smith all combine to create a feel for the future, one of space, and of beauty… a true listening experience.
Edited by tonevendor on 22 Oct 2008, 20:08
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