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Fell In Love at 22.
on April 9, 2005
Despite being only a five-song E.P., Starflyer 59's "Fell In Love at 22" is a brilliant 26-minutes worth of music. Released in 1998 shortly after the full-length album "The Fashion Focus", "Fell In Love at 22" is Starflyer at their most laid-back and for lack of a better word, their most 'ambient'.
The E.P.'s title track also appears on "The Fashion Focus" album and is a beautiful love ballad. "We Want It Bad" is another ballad with a slightly moodier vibe to it. "E.P. Nights" sounds like a mid-80's alternative rock piece in the style of The Cure or Joy Division (especially with the haunting keyboard lines).
The centerpiece of the whole E.P. is the instrumental "Traffic Jam". At 14-minutes, it is still the longest piece of music recorded by Starflyer. The guitar vibrato and slow-paced rhythm gives the music a lazy surf-pop vibe which makes this piece ideal for long drives along the beach. The additional traffic sounds further enhance the overall mood.
After this epic, comes the beautiful laid back closing piece "Samson" with more surf-guitar and soft vocals. Definitely a tender closer.
Despite this E.P. being out-of-print and being rather difficult to find, "Fell In Love at 22" is worth searching out as it includes some of Starflyer 59's most intriguing music. So, if you don't own it yet, now's the time to.
Worth it alone for "Traffic Jam".