Published Oct 09, 2013Before Shimmering Stars released the 2011 album Violent Hearts through Hardly Art, the Vancouver indie pop group played in a less successful incarnation called Bedrooms of the Nation. Now, Shimmering Stars have announced that Bedrooms of the Nation will serve as the title of their second full-length.
The exact release date has yet to be confirmed, but it's expected out in the spring of 2014. It was recorded on and off between 2011 and 2013 at the Garage Mahal in Kamloops, BC (the same place where they cut Violent Hearts), and is being mixed by Canadian go-to producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, the New Pornographers, Black Mountain).
An announcement calls this a "sonic and stylistic shift" for the jangle-y group, with sonic touchstones including Frank Black, Kurt Cobain and Flipper. It's an homage to indie music lovers who grew up in small rural towns and is said to be "a noisy, visceral record, but in the vein of In Utero or Nevermind, it retains a fundamental pop sensibility, because music is nothing without melody."
Interestingly, the former trio seem to have added a fourth member since we last heard from them, since bassist Elisha May Rembold (Lost Lovers Brigade, Fake Tears) has joined the fold.
Below, stream a rough mix of the punchy LP cut "Shadow Visions," which is available as a free download on the compilation MOSTLA V through Almost Musique.