Tooth & Nail Records is excited to announce Starflyer 59's fourteenth studio album, SLOW. This release marks a return to the label after the band self-released their album, IAMACEO, in 2013. Before then, Tooth & Nail was Starflyer 59's original label home since 1993. "I like consistency," explains Jason Martin, the singer, founder, and main creative force behind Starflyer 59. "I like looking back and seeing over a twenty year history with the label. I'm comfortable being on Tooth & Nail, it feels like home."
The album--written and produced by Martin--chronicles his life now, two decades after he first began making music. "It's just different," explains Martin. "The lyrics of this record are more of a reflection on being a middle aged adult instead of a 20-year-old kid talking about a girl he likes."
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Second Glances| Posted June 03, 2016
This is a summer of returning veteran rock acts. No fewer than half a dozen veteran rock acts are releasing a new album for the first time in a while. One of the names you probably haven't heard on many lists is Starflyer 59.
As one of the very first pioneering Tooth & Nail bands, Starflyer 59 has been a consistently present force in Christian rock for well over two decades, and their vast discography has been a staple for many. A new album under their name (anchored still by founder Jason Martin) is a big deal.
The first thing to know about Slow is that it's not a standard rock album. "Wrongtime" and "Runaround" come the closest to a "radio" sound, but even they stay well within something a little more ethereal. This is an atmospheric album, chock full of songs that would be fitting for a haunting and understated closing to a television drama.
The songs probe deep themes of love and nostalgia, of regret and the past. The vocals are subdued and relaxed, and the music is a laid-back rock that has just enough energy to propel things along. The two make for a haunting mix that is definitely something I am curious to explore more on repeat listens, and also to take a second look at the band's past albums.
The Bottom Line: This probably isn't at the top of many summer wish lists, but it's worth taking a closer look at. You just might find yourself surprised.
Song to Download Now:
"Wrongtime" (Get it on iTunes here.)