Stout and the Starlighters
Darrin Stout and the Starlighters
music has never had a hard time being heartfelt, accessible,
and real. But, until recently, it has had a hard time
being popular. That may change with the self-titled debut
by Darrin Stout and The Starlighters. This eponymous collection
of 11 original tunes and one cover has what it takes to
top the charts.
musical idioms are time-honored; the plaintive stroll
of "Aching in My Heart" is Elvis, Scotty, and
Bill incarnate, and the railway-paced "Rollin' Down
the Highway" evokes the drive of Johnny Burnette.
Layering the guitar and vocal tracks (both played by Stout)
in the studio leave these and other songs feeling a bit
antiseptic on a modern hi-fi, but through the in-dash
speaker of a '57 Bel Air, the sound is just right.
songs are like a '50s recap: familiar in theme, but contextualized
for the modern world. The uncharacteristically clean vocal
tracks give each song sing-along appeal, especially upbeat
boppers "In My Arms" and "Wasting Your
Time." The slow-dance "Angel to Me" evokes
images of saddle shoes and sweaty palms, an innocent pledge
that hearkens back to an innocent time. Even the beginnings
of surf music are remembered in "Come Back to Me",
a gentle lullaby that bats bedroom eyes at Santo and Johnny
and pulls a come-hither finger from Dick Dale's fretboard.
more you listen to these songs, the more you want to curl
up with them, flip through pictures from your high school
yearbook, and wear Stout's letter sweater every day. Indulge.
the band online at http://home.earthlink.net/~kyskim/