Jason Martin has long imbued Starflyer 59’s heady indie-rock with themes of aging. It’s as if he was born world-weary and anxious about mortality. Last year’s album “Young in My Head” — Starflyer’s 15th full-length, to go along with a passel of EPs and singles — crystallized Martin’s ruminations brilliantly, both lyrically and in aesthetic. Twenty-six years in, it was Starflyer’s most successful (and acclaimed) album.
Although the singer-guitarist has long sounded ready for the easy chair, his prolificity indicates otherwise. Still, on Starflyer 59’s new single “This Recliner,” coming out Thursday, he laments that “I just wanna go where I’m not tired.” Here, his fatigue is specific — in February, Martin was hospitalized (he declines to say what for) and, judging from the song, in a world of hurt.
The song harks back to the big shoegaze/post-punk streak in Starflyer 59’s catalog; as a teen, Martin obsessed over the likes of the Church, New Order and Psychedelic Furs, and “This Recliner,” with its twinkling guitar and relentless groove, is a song for chewing up the long highway miles on a long night drive.
“This Recliner,” recorded by Martin, bassist Steven Dail and drummer Charlie Martin (Jason’s teenage son), was mixed by JR McNeely and mastered by TW Walsh. It’s the first single from a new Starflyer EP arriving on June 19 via Velvet Blue Music.
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