Starcadian is a one-man electro/synth based act from Brooklyn who writes music for film. Taking a look at the album's cover art (posted above), one might think Sunset Blood is a soundtrack to a film. True, it IS a soundtrack, but there is no actual film to go along with the music. According to Starcadian, Sunset Blood is a concept record: the music was composed to have a feel of an 80s fantasy movie. As part of the concept, imagine there was an original movie soundtrack written/recorded in the 80s, and the songs on Sunset Blood are kind of like what the original songs might sound like if they were reinterpreted by modern artists some 25 years later. [Earlier this year Starcadian appeared as part of SXSW's music video competition, and during a promo interview he explained his album concept in more detail which you can check out here.]
Concept or no concept, this is a pretty cool record. Some of the songs on the album bring to mind Daft Punk (electo with robotic vocals), others are reminiscent of Chromeo (funky, but without Chromeo's trademark sexuality). The highlight of the record might just be the final four songs, which are rich, powerful theatrical soundtrack instrumentals - if you close your eyes while listening, you'll feel as if you're inside a movie theater. Regardless if this album is a commercial success or not, Starcadian has an brilliant career ahead of him in soundtracking. This is a fantastic album.
Sunset Blood is available to purchase as a digital download from Bandcamp. The album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play shortly according to Starcadian's Facebook Page. Additionally, some of his older material is streaming on Soundcloud (some of the tracks on Soundcloud are available as free downloads).
Stream Sunset Blood in full on Bandcamp and check out some song highlights below;
"Binary Stars (The Star Traveler's Theme)"
Music video for "He^rts"
Published on October 31st, 2013 @ 7:56 PM