Partners - Review for Daystar:
The Glass Eye
Michael Smith, Kevin Parrett, Amy Smith,
and Ian Kaplan -- the Lab Partners -- come swirling out of Dayton, Ohio,
with their own blend of shoegazer and indie-pop. I tossed the disc in,
and Daystar quickly found itself in constant rotation at home and work.
In truth, I've found that the more I listen to Daystar, the more the
sonic melodies, swirling effects, and melancholy vocals of Smith sink
their way into my psyche. Lab Partners effortlessly keep this release
from being boring -- an eclectic mix of songs that includes the acoustic
simplicity of "Gold," the rock of "Magnify," and
the short cosmos-inspired "Riptide." Still, the song that
sinks its hooks the deepest has to be the beautifully sublime "Still
Shine On," a slow building, effects-laced, ebb and flow of sound
that I can't get enough of. A disc definitely worth your cash!