Modern Stars Share Video For Monkey Blues

Modern Stars share their new video for “Monkey Blues” ahead of the release of their third studio album ‘Space Trips For The Masses’, out on November 11th, via Little Cloud Records, now on pre-order. The syncopated and acidic composition is a key chapter in the story from their concept album, in which the protagonist is still at the beginning of his psace odissey and loses is gradually losing touch with reality, and drowning into a landscape of the mind. The video is inspired by the film “12 Monkeys” (Terry Gilliam, 1995), loosely based on the film La jetée, by Chris Marker, a 1962 French experimental short film. The film deals with the subjective nature of memories and their effect on the perception of reality. In the feature film, the protagonists are found several times having altered or false memories. In a line David Morse states:  «I think, Dr. Railly, you have given your “alarmists” a bad name. Surely there is very real and very convincing data that the planet cannot survive the excesses of the human race: proliferation of atomic devices, uncontrolled breeding habits, the rape of the environment, the pollution of land, sea, and air. In this context, isn’t it obvious that “Chicken Little” represents the sane vision and that Homo Sapiens’ motto, “Let’s go shopping!” is the cry of the true lunatic?

Watch the new video HERE.

With the new LP, Andrea Merolle, Lyric soprano singer Barbara Margani and Andrea Sperduti, continue their unique sonic exploration through extraterrestrial soundscapes. A pure injection of Shoegaze from outer space tinged with ceremonial Kosmische, the music of Modern Stars is loaded with stringed and electronic sounds, laid down through a multilayering approach that has more in common with Indian traditional music and Techno than with Rock’n’Roll. In the words of the band: “we want our records to sound like a journey, not just a collage of songs”.

‘Space Trip For The Masses’ is inspired by the recent hype around space tourism projects and it deals with the theme of inner search for happiness, through the story of an amateur astronaut, who sets off towards the sun without returning home. The songs revolve around spiralling drones, evolving from electronic patterns, humming of sitars, noises from the immediate surroundings like the buzzing of a fridge, and guitar layers with unusual tunings. It is an inverse and deconstructional composition process, where the drones become the canvas for the band to discover the harmonies from within noises, until the songs take on a life of their own. Drumming, bass and vocals always come last. Modern Stars’ vocalists adopt a rather distant approach, aided by similarly obscuring production and perfectly tailored to the more psychedelic repetitions, yet overly greyscale when focusing on effective choruses.

Modern Stars is a neo-psych rock band hailing from Italy. Band members are Andrea Merolle, Barbara Margani and Andrea Sperduti. Both Andreas have been active for a while in several bands of the underground scene and Barbara is a lyric soprano. Their unique music could be described as instinctive, flickering, fuzzy, aerial, groovy, bizarre, distorted, harmonious and dissonant. They have been compared to Teenage Film Stars, Silver Apples and Spacemen 3. They released their debut album Silver Needles in 2020 and their sophomore album PsychIndustrial in 2021 via Italian label Miacameretta Records. They scored the up-coming movie My Soul Summer, to be premiered at next Venice International Film Festival.

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