Airstreams & Satellites
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
Quite Country, Not Quite Not Country
“Hey, girl /
It’s a beautiful day / For flying / Don’t you wanna
open your eyes? / You’re dying.” Words like this,
sung by a not-amazing singer to a kind of folk-country melody,
used to make me run screaming. But Garrison Starr, a young songwriter
from Mississippi and Memphis and Los Angeles, pulls it off. How,
I’m not exactly sure.
is, I guess, that her songs seem very organic and personal. Part
of this is, I think, that she’s already had a shot at being
the New Cool Thing (six years ago, with Eighteen Over Me),
failed kinda, and walked away to go find some perspective. This
perspective has helped her to absorb pop and rock and country
and folk and maybe a little bit of R&B; “Wonderful Thing”
and “Gasoline” seem to have sprung up from everywhere,
pretty and perfect and ready for AAA radio.
Second thing is, for
sure, that she knows her strengths and plays to them. We’ve
heard songs like “Like a Drug,” about her love, which
she doesn’t wanna give up, a million times. But she doesn’t
get lazy on the verses, singing about going “from Silverlake
to Houston”, talking about betrayal and lack of motivation,
making the song sound like a conversation with a messed-up friend.
With hooks and riffs from God.
And that’s the
third thing: Garrison Starr knows how to write a song that sounds
like a damn SONG. The poppy radio stuff is tight—slashing
Clashy guitars on “Superhero” and “One-Sided”!
morose strumming and sad country crooning with mellotrons on “Runner
Up”! And when she stretches it out and gets kinda experimental,
like on the title track, she still has an ear open to alt.country
and jazz. (Janet Robin’s electric guitar work doesn’t
So yeah, this
is a great album. Dammit, now I have another interesting young
singer/songwriter to pay attention to. What are you people trying
to do, kill me?
liked Airpstreams & Satellites...
3. Hey Girl
5. Underneath the Wheel
6. Wonderful Thing
7. Like A Drug
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