The Stargazer Lilies is a shoegaze/dreampop band from northeastern Pennsylvania. They’re listed as a trio. The core of the band is the husband-and-wife duo of multi-instrumentalist John Cep and bassist/vocalist Kim Field. They have two different drummers who play live, but really it’s just John and Kim. They used to be in a dance-y shoegaze band called Soundpool and when they dismantled that, they wanted a more minimal thing. Here’s how their bio explains their stripped-down sound:
butterfly wings, slowly beating guitars enveloping the listener, ethereal breathy female vocals floating on a melody , rocked out bossa nova beats and bad ass bass throwing down the rhythm.
I’d never heard of either Soundpool or Stargazer Lilies until a couple of days ago when I was doing a little bit of exploring. I found this brand new track in the Graveface Records soundcloud feed. If you’re reading along at home, you know that I’ve recently developed a fondness for that label, based in Savannah, Georgia. The Casket Girls, Hospital Ships, and Whirr are just a few of the great bands on that label.
“We Are The Dreamers” is the title track from the forthcoming album, scheduled for release on September 10. This is that song.
“We Are The Dreamers” by The Stargazer Lilies
As much as I love a crushing wall of sound from time to time, I really like that this never gets to that level. Sure, there’s a substantial amount of squall and fuzz and all that, but there’s an equally substantial amount of haze and gauze and airiness to counter the density of the other stuff. Of course the tortoise-like tempo of the song also helps to temper the potential chaos of all the squall and fuzz. The highlight of that “haze and gauze” is Kim Field’s ethereal vocals.
If I didn’t know any better, I might guess that this band was from some industrial section of London rather than some industrial part of Pennsylvania.
The debut album We Are The Dreamers will be out September 10 on Graveface Records.