Partners - Review for Daystar:
The Music Lair
Partners Rocket to the Top
In the 1960's and '70's, artists such as Pink Floyd and David Bowie
tried to use their music to show us what it would be like to live in
outer space. These pioneeers of pop created a new genre of music that
some would call Space Rock. Even today, there are bands across the globe
that continue to explore the vast expanses of the universe with their
music. Here in Dayton, our astronauts of audio are the Lab Partners.
The Lab Partners latest album "Daystar" was recently released
on their hometown label, Big Beef Records, which also represents long-time
local favorites such as Morella's Forest, the Mulchmen, and Real LuLu.
The new Lab Partners record, which is their third release, has already
garnered praise from the likes of Spin Magazine, and smaller publications
throughout the country. Even after a single orbit through the stereo,
it is clear why this is a band to keep an eye on.
The album begins with the mellow 'Gold', a song that builds the antipation
before the eventual liftoff. Then the rockets begin to roar with "Those
Things" and "You Make it Better." We reach the album's
apex with the 10-minute epic "Still Shine On", a song that
swirls and fades in and out with droning guitars, keyboards and vocals.
Just when the gravitational pull of this record seems to be at its strongest,
the album's single "Magnify" takes things up another notch.
The earth receeds as we travel through the next few tracks, finally
coming back down with the title track "Daystar" and "Home".
If you're looking for pop music, this isn't it. No heavy metal either.
'Daystar' is indie rock at its finest, blending innovative sounds and
meaningful lyrics in a way that few can. In the galaxy of Ohio music,
the Lab Partners are one of the brightest stars in the sky.
- Keith Klein