The lush indie folk of the new album by North Carolina's Songs of Water, Stars and Dust, is an enveloping musical experience.
In a short feature on American Songwriter, the North Carolina septet Songs of Water were asked what their turn-ons and turn-offs are. Their answer was simple:
Turn-Offs: false pretense
These folks aren't joking. One listen to Stars and Dust, the group's gorgeous new LP, and you'll find nary a hint of the former and the plenty of the latter. With a lush, emotional musical landscape that more often than not evokes the feel of a film score, Stars and Dust is a complex journey from beginning to end. From the piano-driven beauty of album highlight "She's Only Sleeping" to the wide-eyed wonderment of closer "Chiaroscuro", you're bound to get lost in the many paths Songs of Water take. Stars and Dust is an apt title; by the time the album reaches its conclusion, you'll have journeyed to the stars from the dust, and then back again.
Band member Stephen Roach tells PopMatters, "Stars and Dust is the most holistic work we've accomplished thus far. There is a real balance and cohesiveness between the songwriting, the overall mood of the album and its composition. It is a very satisfying process as an artist to see different and disparate parts take on a common narrative as if they were intended to interrelate all along. I'm genuinely satisfied with this album and feel it is a watermark sound of where the band is heading."
Stars and Dust is out on 9 June; you can pre-order it via Songs of Water's Bandcamp page.