Star Tropics - Lost World (2017)
Indie Rock, Shoegaze | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:31:52 | 75 MB
Rambling the familiar hills of wistful indie pop are Chicago-based combo Star Tropics, who deliver their debut LP, Lost World, via the Shelflife label. Forming the group in 2012, guitarist Scott Hibbits and bassist/singer Loren Vanderbilt turned a chance meeting over a rare Smiths B-side into a gigging quartet with the addition of drummer Dan Julien and singer/guitarist Nikki Navarro. Star Tropics took things slowly over the next few years, issuing a pair of 7" singles and quietly shaping their affable intertwining of vintage dream pop, mid-fi indie, and a dash of light shoegaze. With Lost World, their first broad statement, Star Tropics offer nine tracks of sunny guitar jangle, intimate boy/girl vocals, and surprisingly robust production that further refine the approach laid out on their early tracks. From the winsome instrumental opener, "Windfall," to the autumnal dark pop of "Chapel Hill," it's clear where their allegiances lie as they expertly re-create so many of the sounds and moods of college radio circa 1985-1990.