The Stars Above

2015-06-12 09:38:19 UTC
The Stars Above Profile

Michael Jakucs began creating music under The Stars Above moniker in 2010, to explore the interaction between music and emotion. Using the infinite unknown of the universe above us as inspiration, The Stars Above is easily relatable upon first listen; however, subsequent listens reveal the detailed layers embedded within each song. After graduating from university in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Jakucs, like many, experienced the abrupt shift from life as a college student to that of a professional. For the last two years he's seen the dark side of the soul working the streets of Los Angeles as a Private Investigator. He channeled his range of thoughts to craft an album that is deeply personal and contemplative and reflective of the rebirth and fresh start that life changes so often elicit.

The Stillest Hour By - The Stars Above Released JUNE 12th 2015

All tracks written, performed & produced by Michael Jakucs Additional vocals by Frankmunstah Artwork by Paolo Fortades, Mikey Maietta, and Cody Wolterman

On the 23rd of April 2015 we posted a single ‘Lazarus Effect’ from [ The Stars Above ] full length “The Stillest Hour” in the light of gathering some listeners for what’s to come from the band and at the same time showcasing the band latest movement. After lingering in some agonizing vagueness for almost two months awaiting the final impact of “The Stillest Hour”, the moment has finally arrived and the timing couldn’t be any better. Couple of days back I received the full album in .WAV format and I am happy to say, today (June 12th 2015) the latest album from [ The Stars Above ] sees the light. But before we go any further into the album description I just want to say one thing and that is… the great thing to notice on this predominantly progressive title is the musical landscaping and the constant evolving nature of its composer. Remember to focus on that point as you read / listen along. There are various factors that could attribute to this statement, i.e. the background of the artist, the live / studio recording experience of the band or simply the continuous effort of contributing one record annually since 2012. Those series of determinations could well be the core factor of the derived nature of [ The Stars Above ].

Moving forward, as a blogger for almost a decade, I’ve come across myriads of monikers and one has to admit, after such dedication and exposure, my musical buds and my hearing senses have grown hyper sensitive over the years. In today’s music industry, let it be conventional or unconventional music’s my overall musical taste have a great tendency to manifest and to rely on emotion as oppose to the actual sounding of a particular artist, and with [ The Stars Above ], from the beginning I sort of, have developed an instant connection with the music itself. Beyond all the rhythmic punches and progressiveness I can easily access the softer / emotional side of the band and that alone is a great deal for me. Musically, what I discovered about “The Stillest Hour” or [ The Stars Above ] as an outfit, is its willingness to aggregates many influences and genres. For instance, the music can be labelled as post-rock, post-metal, definitely progressive and most likely low end shoegaze. Those are the common grounds the album explores, but as a whole “The Stillest Hour” is plain and simple a progressive album based on its guitar melodies and a low-end shoegaze title considering its vocals attribution.

All together the album brings an interesting concept in the sense that the singing part of this latest album, which counterbalances more than just an exalting wistful chant to supersede all the bolder elements while its backed-up by mellow instrumental arrangements, nothing too aggressive or too subtle on the instruments side though, something just in the middle to morph the sound so as to have an easy flow and a polish finished. In addition to the bold elements and the vocals attribution comes a great deal of minimalist arrangements that allow for space and interplay between the instruments. These characteristics are well-conferred across the album and advocate the end result meticulously. The ambiance never feels overwhelming even though there are many influences in the music and the motif are above all thoughtful and concise. The production is as near as perfect, the subtlety of the details is impressive and the mood shifts crashes in sequence. Someone who has followed [ The Stars Above ] works from the very beginning of its musical career would easily rate this new album an 8 to 8.5 out of 10 but those who are not familiar with the band works and only came to know the band recently would be more inclined to lower rating, probably a solid 7.5 to 8 out of 10. Either way, check out this new release guys. Interesting indeed.

Release NOTE - Following the sun drenched sounds of his debut full length album, Shoreline, and the otherworldly atmosphere of the recent EP Drift, The Stillest Hour sees The Stars Above create a new sonic world with unknowns teeming beneath the shimmering surface. Where Shoreline and Drift focused on nostalgia and isolation, The Stillest Hour tackles something more existential; the constant death and rebirth of change. From the mind of Los Angeles native Michael Jakucs, The Stillest Hour sees The Stars Above create thunderous auditory worlds, rich with words and sounds buried beneath the surface. Taking influence from bands as varied as Boards of Canada, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cloudkicker, The XX and Explosions in the Sky; The Stars Above combines post-rock dynamics, math rock complexities and electronic experimentation to create unique soundscapes. Rather than focus on cold, digital perfection - The Stillest Hour embraces and embodies the beautiful variance of the human hand while utilizing computer manipulation to create new sounds from real instruments.

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The Stars Above - The Stillest Hour Artist - The Stars Above Album - The Stillest Hour [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2015 Genre - Ambient, Instrumental, Post-rock, Progressive [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01 Lazarus Effect 02 Where Spirits Have Lease 03 A Walk Among Giants 04 Time is Our Curse 05 Oracle 06 Constants and Variables 07 Turncoat 08 Invictus 09 An Endless Ocean | 10 A Final Moment of Recurrence -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above - The Stillest Hour -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above - Drift Artist - The Stars Above Album - Drift Release Date - 2014 Genre - Ambient, Instrumental, Post-rock, Progressive [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 1. Where Spirits Have Lease 07:52 2. Drift 04:52 3. Echoes 04:58 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above - Drift -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above - Shoreline Artist - The Stars Above Album - Shoreline Release Date - 2013 Genre - Ambient, Post-rock, Shoegaze / Nu-gaze Like, Alternative [ BRILLIANT ] Tracklist 1. Looking Back 02:39 2. Shoreline 03:44 3. Purpose 02:58 4. Searching the Sky 04:14 5. Contact 05:12 6. Fear Decides 03:45 7. Come and Go 04:03 8. Under the Starlit Sky 04:08 9. No, We Never Had To 05:02 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above - Shoreline -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - The Stars Above Album - Clouds Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Post-rock, Shoegaze / Nu-gaze Like, Alternative Tracklist 1. Limbo 03:35 2. As You Crumbled 03:59 3. Clouds 03:56 4. A Song For Milly Michaelson (Thrice Cover) 05:19 5. The Shepard 03:48 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above - Clouds -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Stars Above --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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