I caught my heart run away in the street
I know I'm mid-summertime mix posting, but I'd be really unhappy with myself if I didn't post about this. Stars in Coma is a guy named Andre who I found the other day looking for a Music is my Girlfriend t-shirt. I've had the chance to listen to him a bit more since then, and I really have to say, this guy is awesome.
Most of the time, Stars in Coma sounds a lot like later Belle & Sebastian (more of The Life Pursuit era, but maybe a bit of Books, too). Other times, SIC reminds me of what I love about Stephin Merritt: sweet, quiet melodies coupled with more electronic sounds; a quiet man's voice; dynamic rises and falls. Songs like "Life without the Community" and "Moonport Sickness" are every bit as jangly and complex, without being overly sentimental. "I Wish Someone Would Dance With Me" is probably my favorite, though "If I Could Describe" comes pretty close to being the best song I've heard all year. Too bad it's from last year.
The last thing I'll say is that Andre appears to be incredibly prolific. Last year alone, he put out 2 albums and 2 EP's. You can find the whole Velvet Mountains EP here. You can buy albums at Cloudberry Records, Music is my Girlfriend, and actionpop!.
Some songs you should listen to:
If I Could Describe
I Saw My Heart Passing By
I Wish Someone Would Dance With Me
Life Without the Community