“To Be There” C37
(Rok Lok Records)

With this most recent release, Stars Are Insane show off their newly acquired* and hard earned doctorate from Yo La Tengo State University, where they double majored in Slow Gaze and Shoe Core, writing their master thesis, “What if the long, slow songs on ICHTHBAO were re-imagined by one person, on a four track recorder, with only eight guitar pedals and the occasional drum machine, instead?”

The research certainly paid off, as SAI’s "To Be There" is a living, breathing, dreamy, fuzzed out beast on its own four legs now, and well worth a listen by all bedroom janglers and ambient pedal-patters who know how to rock out under minimal bpm influence. I, for one, am certainly looking forward to further fruits from this new shift!


—Jacob An Kittenplan

*Their older stuff is pretty good, too!