Post-punk is a truly unique genre, mixing droning guitar riffs and quiet vocals to create an ethereal, dream-like wall of sound. Stellarscope, today’s Band of the Day, have seemingly mastered the ability to create such a wall of sound, with the Philadelphia-based duo producing music which manages to be explicitly post-punk, defining the genre through their newest release Standing in the Shadows of Your Ghost. This is not to say that the pair follow a “painting by numbers” formula, restricted by predetermined rules, as in reality Stellarscope have infused a vast amount of personality and heart into their music.
The slow, proto-grunge sound which defines post-punk is ever prominent throughout the duo’s debut album, yet something particularly interesting about Stellarscope is the way in which the music presents itself. On each track, the music sounds distant, as if you are listening to it from another room, yet at the same time, it is totally encapsulating. Though it feels far away, it somehow also feels to be completely surrounding: something which, by all accounts, shouldn’t be possible (it is though, go and listen to the “Only Strangers Now” video below for proof).
Cherry-picking the best parts from the larger alternative rock scene, Stellarscope have managed to produce a sound which can only be described as haunting; a chilling atmospheric soundscape which when you listen to it, will make you feel miles away from anything. So strap on those headphones, turn up the volume, and allow yourself to be teleported to nowhere, as Stellarscope take you on a journey through the course of Standing in the Shadows of Your Ghost.
Standing in the Shadow of Your Ghost is out now and is available to buy here.