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Star City

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A band doesn't exactly have to be a real band to make great music together. Take Pell Mell for instance: the musicians (including Northwest producer/musician Steve Fisk) actually reside in places scattered across the U.S., and occasionally convene to make a record. After releasing just a handful of albums in more than a decade, Pell Mell have once again assembled a remarkable collection of innovative instrumentals. Star City, which along with Fisk features Greg Freeman, Robert Beerman, and David Spalding, is an expressive collection of ambient-inflected new wave/no wave pop tunes. The performances by all the players are outstanding and it's simply unbelievable that these four don't even live in the same city, much less the same state. The quality of interaction and interplay necessary to pull off the intricate and gloriously melodic songs that fill Star City is far beyond the capability of most bands after years together. A new record from Pell Mell is a rare treat and Star City is indeed a fine addition to this unique band's discography. For a pleasant dose of smooth, playful modern pop, this just can't be beat. --Adem Tepedelen

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sky Lobby
  2. Salvo
  3. Orange Roughy
  4. Interloper
  5. Smokehouse
  6. On Appocach
  7. Upstairs
  8. In Polka Dots
  9. Everything Must Go
  10. Lowlight
  11. Headset
  12. Field Of Poppies
  13. Gelatin
  14. Coral


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0000036Y4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I think I went into this album with the wrong expectations, thinking maybe it would be a sequel to their previous album Interstate, which for my money is the best collection of driving music ever put on plastic. Star City is actually quite different sounding, it is more airy and ambient than Interstate, but still full of wonderfully infectious tunes that you will find yourself humming all day afterwards. Highlights are the bouncy Orange Roughy, Salvo, In Polka Dots, and Smokehouse. Overall, they should have maybe cut out a track or two and strenghtened some of the rest, but it's still a great album to listen to while doing something you hate (or love).
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I'm a tad confused here. Are there two different bands that go under the Pell Mell monicker? Either way, this appears to be a band that has released five (5) CD's through out the '90's. 'Star City' looks to be their last record they ever put out, up to this point.Soothing, laid back and rather creative. Good alternative 'indie rock'. Tunes that I thought sort of stood out were "Sky Lobby", the inventive "Orange Roughy", "Smoke House", "Upstairs" and "Low Light". Might appeal to fans of Stereolab, Sea And Cake, Bardo Pond and Tortoise.
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Great alternative jazz. Good to hear something off the beaten path.
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One of those meekly strong, Tortoise-esque strains that did a whole lot of consistently good but not very much stand-out great.
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