Modern Stars‘ debut Silver Needles is an interesting release in this day and age: Immediately from the get-go the track Lord I’m Ready gives strong vibes of Suicide’s 1977 self titled album (with less nervy vocals). I’d also be lying to myself if it didn’t feel like classic Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 sometimes as well, albeit in a more modern outfit. She Comes Now is a great example of this. So it was interesting to learn that unlike the aforementioned bands, Modern Stars hails from Rome, Italy, rather than New York. It encapsulates the urban chaos very well nonetheless: there’s alot going on, but it all fits just perfectly. The distorted sitar on Space and Time simply works in the mix with modern electronic instrumentation, for example.
At no point did I feel tracks were too short or went on for too long. Especially the latter is a dangerous pit in this type of music, to not get stuck in a groove and end up with a twelve minute repetitive monster. All the way throughout the pace is kept up nicely and constant, with the very well done psychedelic band Spacemen 3 cover Hey Man given its time to ring out as appropriate closer. If anything, Modern Stars makes it much more accessible to enjoy this track. I’m super excited to hear more from Modern Stars in the future and it will be difficult to not have sky-high expectations, simply because of how good and solid this release is.
I hope that you can not only enjoy this track but also support this band by streaming and sharing their work that obviously you can find in the following Playlists: Less Than 1,000 Followers, and Alterindie State of Mind.