posted June 12th, 2019

Roots of Confusion Seeds of Joy is here, and just in time for everyone! As one of the practitioners of an increasingly rare form of musical alchemy, Major Stars have proven to be an antidote to all sorts of real-world trauma. Put on an album of theirs, and you're bound to be catapulted into a world of rock-based abstraction, diffraction, and finally, sweet distraction.

Playing material arranged for a sextet fronted by a trio of guitars, Major Stars have developed a habit of rehearsing regularly and repeatedly, then showing up to record with the material fully conceived and ready to roll - and Roots of Confusion Seeds of Joy was no exception, with most of the songs (except "Out In the Light") being run through a thousand times or so before coming to the studio and getting tracked in a day and a half.  New vocalist Noell Dorsey, a veteran of many different projects, brings an inspiring new sonic element to the mix, including several passages of - gasp! - harmony vocals. In general, the eternal psych sheen that Major Stars are known for abounds in extra-fine production twists on Roots of Confusion Seeds of Joy. The aggressive, transporting aspects of this music tend to grab listeners by their lapels and slap them around a bit, so if perceptions of sonic architecture are lost in the melee, well, that's kind of the goal anyway.

All this plus a lovely Robert Beatty design on a tip-on Stoughton sleeve makes for the kind of liberating album encounter that is nothing less than NEEDED nowadays. Fun, too! Shine on, Major Stars. Listen to the first single above and pre-order your copy for 8/16!

Artists in this story: Major Stars