The unmistakable tones of a Juno 106, both expansive and nostalgic, combine with ambient layers, sparkling guitars, and bittersweet vocals to define Portland band Starover Blue.
After meeting in the music department at San Jose State in 2007, founding members Kendall and Dirk Sallay-Milotz began their musical partnership and quickly became inseparable. Live, they pull from a multi-faceted discography of experimental dream pop and have served as local support for a spectrum of bands including The Velvet Teen and Orenda Fink.
ABOUT THE BAND'S NEW EP, MONEYSTEALER
Taking shape after the passing of Kendall's father, Moneystealer is an intimate portrait of familial loss. The four-song album features more subdued orchestration than the band's previous release Spacegeist, signifying both a perspective shift and a new Portland-based lineup.
"Where the band's 2016 full-length Spacegeist looked outward, exploring themes of technology and dystopia, Moneystealer looks inward, reflecting on the landscape of personal grief, finding ways to celebrate life in spite of mourning."
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
July 19 // Mississippi Pizza (Portland)
July 20 // Axe & Fiddle (Eugene)
August 5 // Black Water Bar (Portland)
August 10 // HiFi Music Hall (Eugene)
August 16 // Neck of the Woods (San Francisco)
August 17 // Art Boutiki (San Jose)
August 18 // House show (Paso Robles)
August 19 // Whistle Stop (San Diego)
August 20 // TBA (Tucson)
August 21 // Yucca Tap Room (Phoenix)
August 22 // Bunkhouse Saloon (Las Vegas)
August 23 // TBA (Salt Lake City)
August 24 // The Funky Taco (Boise)
August 25 // Alberta Street Pub (Portland)
Hometown: Portland, OR
Genre: Experimental dream pop
Influences/Sounds Like: Wye Oak, Low Roar, Antlers, Cocteau Twins, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, The Joy Formidable
SPACEGEIST (2016 FULL LENGTH)
"The brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Kendall Sallay and keyboardist/guitarist Dirk Milotz, [Spacegeist] began as a sci-fi concept (“The Labyrinth Suite E.P., 2013), then bled forth into a single (“Spacegeist,” 2015); and now comes to fruition in the “Spacegeist” record, the band’s first full-length release.
'Spacegeist' pushes the ethos further, delving more into the act’s pop sensibilities, mixing musical elation with a melancholia the way that only Starover Blue can. Aptly titled, “Spacegeist” plays on the German word for “ghost,” and speaks for itself. Keyboards, rhythm and chilling vocals brace the listener for atmospheric splendor."
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