A little background check: STARF*CKER is an electronic indie music group from Portland, Oregon (the indie capital of the world) who formed in 2007 lead Singer is Joshua Hodges, Ryan Biornstad on g-tar Shawn Glassford on bass, Kiel Corcoran on drums and vocals. they are signed to the record label polyvinyl records which is the same one music acts like Of Montreal, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Xiu Xiu hail from. They have influences in 80s and 90s pop (yuck) but hey they make good music. Starf*cker was their debut with hit Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second (which is a good song). Reptilians is STARF*CKER's sophomore album and I'm not spoiling by naming the singles.
Ok now that that's over with here's what I think of Reptilians: Born is an acoustic song in the beginning then it begins to loop and the electronic loops start with weird uh Blabbering in it and then keyboard which has some old video game sound effect. Josh starts singing and its really relax like which fits in with all the stuff going around it glues alot together and this song reminds me of some of the songs in mgmts congratulations. Its a pretty good starting track and Im digging it.
Julius begins with some effect that sounds like someone running their fingers really quickly back and forth across a keyboard that was sent from space and with that keyboard the basic rhythm begins then the drums they respond by giving a beat that slowly gets more complex and louder then they both fade while the bass and Josh start to make sound then the keyboard comes in again and the drum wants in on it again and as Josh ends his stanza they get louder and this repeats throughout the song till it reaches the hook then the keyboard gets on acid and plays a solo and then the basic rhythm keyboard begin with the acid keyboard still playing and all of a sudden bam another keyboard squieling gorgeous sounds and then it ends with the acid keyboard dying of a lack of oxygen. I love the song its great the music video is pretty cool to and illustrates a girl and a boy
...well no spoilers look it up on YouTube.
Bury us alive starts of with a gentle keyboard rhythm that plays throughout the song and right when the drums start Joshua starts to flow out lyric as chill as the songs bass which come in too, the songs atmosphere makes it seem that your at a beach party in a distant planet with purple sand an orange sky and a blue sun with the waves gently moving sideways and rippling in every possible way it can and everyone in the party is dancing even the DJ and everyone has the skin tone of various neon colors. Great song Great song I just wish it was longer.
Mystery cloud oh God such great sounds keyboard drums bass vocals all coinciding perfectly as weird as possible its a song that you listen to when your jogging on the Asteroid belt in a hurry to get home because the solar storm is on its way and you can see a flashing cloud coming your way. I love the ending when it goes into a little speech about death its really soothing and not at all gloomy.
Death as fetish... starts out slow then a guitar comes in backed by a keyboard and the drum comes in and Josh starts singing. The song is slow and its rather bland it may be four minutes long but "filler" comes to mind when listening to this sadly. Compared to the first four songs this one sucks which urks me cus I want to like it really bad.
Astoria the bass begins quickly then an electric guitar and Joshua starts singing and a few seconds later the drum and keyboard begin which changes the mix and Joshua keeps repeating "I want a simple life" which is pretty repetitive and the song ends pretty quickly for me.
Reptilians oh yeah the return of good songs starts I love the beginning I love the riffs in the middle of the song I love the keyboard the vocals are nice and that bass solo that continues two thirds into the song is a nice touch I like the end too its great love it love it love it.
The white noon starts off with a nice drum beat then a trance like keyboard same type vocals with high reverb (echo) and perfect alignment in vocals and music.
Hungry ghost this song starts off with speech Guy talking and guitar playing going on then drums start then a turntable is "scratching" and the same guitar and drums play when speech Guy fades out and then it ends.
Mona Vegas... well if anything describes this its like getting on a ship and going on a voyage in slow-mo to the moon station in the night so you can see the lights in earth it gives you a feeling of either flying or riding on a vehicle of sorts its a song that you could go to sleep to.
Millions sounds immediately very videogameish I would love to play a video game on this song or at least pretend I'm in a video game ha this song is weird for making me feel like this surfing comes to mind when listening to this.
Quality time has speech Guy again and at the end of his speech there's a dance party in the middle of the city and everyone in the city is dancing and the snippit of dancing ends just as abruptly as it began.
slow dance is awesome its bass makes it really dancy and the singing is very soothing. Maybe like a night club in a Paris like city on Mars with blacklights and lazers.
Recess time well I'm not feeling very recessy in the beginning but then its like a soundtrack to kids playing with sand on the moon and laughing when they're falling because they aren't getting hurt when they fall.
Well I really love the album overall but there are a few fillers and I think having two fillers is worth the 10 good songs. I recommend it I love this album and I love this band and while it's really late and I'm doing this I'm thinking yeah this album is totally worth it. Go buy it and if possible get the vinyl cus the artwork is worth it plus its good support and I recommend getting the debut album and the EP Jupiter. Starf*cker, Reptilians, sophomore LP, indietronica. Long live Indie, Goodnight everyone.