Sunday, 3 March 2013

Starred - Mayday

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk


Last time we featured USA-spanning duo (one member on the east coast, one on the west) Starred it was for a quite sombre but spine-tinglingly beautiful piece of acoustic dreampop called 'No Good'. Listening to that song with the benefit of hindsight it should have possibly received more attention than it did. This video for new song 'Mayday' is definitely a stark and emotional work. It features an incredibly thought-provoking and heart-stopping interview with Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three who were accused of the Satanic ritual killing of three children. Echols spent 18 years on death row before new DNA evidence cleared him and he was released.

The effect on the human psyche to have something like that happen to you must be incredible and is a terrible tale of a broken justice system. The footage is very moving, but lets not forget the song that was written as a tribute to a man who spend every day waiting for his own death. Once again this pair have come up with a quite stunning piece of acoustic dreampop that recalls Mazzy Star and would resonate far and wide with or without the video. It's a prime example of how music needn't be complex or challenging to have maximum impact. Sometimes it's those who shout the least that get noticed the most, and we can say for sure that 'Mayday' is one of the most moving and inspirational songs we've heard for a while.



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'Mayday' plus three other tracks will appear on a Starred release for Record Store Day





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