Starsabout: Halflights (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland

‘Halflights’ was the debut album by Polish band Starsabout, originally released in 2016. However, with their new album just being released by PPR, the label has seen fit to reissue the first as well. I must confess that this isn’t the sort of music I listen to for pleasure, as although the label states that this will appeal to fans of Blue Nile, The Verve, Airbag or Anathema, it just isn’t for me. I could also add Porcupine Tree or even Japan to this list, as this is art rock, post-rock, with some progressive overtones here and there. That they are very good at what they do is never in doubt, and that the production is second to none is a given, but the slightly distorted guitars soon became something I felt I was enduring instead of enjoying. The music is emotional, the voices are fraught and fractured, and it is all just so very intense indeed. Given that the debut was self-released then the guys must be commended for the quality throughout, but it just isn’t for me.

Rating: 5/10

Track list:
Halflight // Every Single Minute // The Night // Black Rain Love // Escaped // Sway // 20 000 Miles // Bluebird


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