I’ll be honest here, a lot of the times I premiere new music on this site it’s often because it’s something I think you nice people will like as opposed to something that directly aligns with my own taste. Not that they’re not all good, but there are plenty that I might not go on to listen to afterwards in my own spare time. On the other hand, I’ve been coming back to this track “Years” from New York City six piece Stargazy, again and again since I first heard it. It’s a song slung from the depths of the the Brit Pop revival we were talking about the other week, that would fit in perfectly on my ~Y2kwave playlist with its woozy sense of swooning romanticism. Who knew guitar music could be good again?
Maybe it’s just because it was my birthday this week that the lyric is speaking directly to me. “The way we were when we were young. The way it worked when we were strong. The way we’d compromise how we are. The way the cards spilled out.”
The band recorded their upcoming LP The Fashion, an appropriately Suede-like title if I’ve ever heard one, between Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
“‘Years’ is really the pinnacle of the mood of the album,” guitarist and singer Michael Romano explained. “It’s also, thematically, where things get grounded; the song brings us back to earth. It’s straight pop, at least as much pop as we can currently muster. For recording, this song came together really fast compared to the other tracks. Also, it was a ton of fun messing with the layering of vocals in particular. The song was initially called ‘Young’, then ‘Neil Young’, then ‘Kneel Jung.’ We got way carried away, and then started hating the song more and more with each new dumb name. A good lesson in simplicity, for sure.”
“‘Years’ is not trying to hide much as far as content,” he went on. “It’s simply about years and looking back; reminiscing, fond memories, regrets.”