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Starry Skies • Small Wonders

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Starry Skies • Small Wonders

Glasgow-based Starry Skies are set to release their fourth studio album ‘Small Wonders’ via Fox Star Records, following up 2020’s long player ‘Do It With Love’. With a brilliant mix of classic rock, power pop and folk pop, the band is back with a crowdfunded album of shimmering delights. Ahead of this, the band is previewing the sublime first track from this record - 'Smile Through The Dark'

Early reviews of the album have dubbed this hearty 10-track collection a "masterpiece" and their strongest work yet. Recorded in 2021, these songs encourage folks to find the positive wherever we can.



Shaped by personal encounters with music icons Nina Simone, Iggy Pop and Chuck Berry, Warren McIntyre (a.k.a. Warren Starry Sky) founded the band in 2014 to encourage the proliferation of positive, hopeful music. Today, Starry Skies is made up of McIntyre, Jenny Lunan, Heather Phillips, Sophie Pragnell, Johnny Rooney and Adam Scott, who come from various parts of Scotland, England and Australia. Over the years, they have supported Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines and Teenage Fanclub
 
Packed full of upbeat, catchy songs with the inspired thoughtful lyrics that the Starries are known for producing, 'Small Wonders' was recorded and produced by Matt Harvey at Maybank Studios, perhaps best known for  his work with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by legendary mastering engineer Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, The Smiths, New Order, Coldplay, Oasis, Primal Scream, Blur, Mogwai, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker, The Charlatans).

"This record is intended to celebrate the small wonders that are all around us if we open our eyes to see them. The songs were written during 2021, when we were all really grateful for small things like being able to go for a walk with a friend. But, as a collection, they ended up a bit of a mish-mash of lyrical-led protest songs, some folk-pop with cello, viola and violin, a beautiful sparse piano ballad and even a couple of punky indie dance floor fillers," says Warren McIntyre.  

Ahead of the album, the band presents sonic goodness, hope, beauty and kindness in the songs 'Kindhearted People' and 'Spitfire Susie', which tells the story of a local hero and force of nature Miss Susie Ross, who fixed spitfires during the war and taught thousands of children in the years afterward.  She and Warren became friends and he wrote the song in her honour.

"The song 'Highwater Eagle' is written from the standpoint of a young First Nation woman. After recording it, we worried about anyone thinking it was cultural appropriation, so I sent it to the Native American Indian Association. Their president A’lice Myers Hall wrote back to say she thought the words are beautiful and that I had been sent the words to share with people. She also suggested working with some native poets and musicians to share stories," says McIntyre.

'Smile Through The Dark' is available now via Bandcamp,, where the 'Small Wonders' album is currently available for pre-order. As of August 📌12, it will be made available everywhere, including Apple Music and Spotify and Bandcamp, as well as on CD and sky-blue vinyl. It can be ordered from record shops or purchased directly from Last Night From Glasgow. The album is distributed through Proper Distribution in the UK and Redeye in the USA.

"Among the finest of the current crop” ~ Clash Magazine

"Upbeat and uplifting pop - perfect for all seasons" ~ Rough Trade Records

"Ticks all of the boxes in terms of infectiousness, addiction, groove and melody and has some real depth... straight-forward and brilliant" ~ Big Takeover Magazine

“Revolutionary, authentic and unifying" ~ The Manc Review

“One of the finest singers Scotland has ever produced…singular song writing talent” ~ Stevie Jackson (B&S)

“Beautiful, exciting and timeless” ~ Red Handed Magazine

Starry Skies

Small Wonders

Fox Star Records

12 August 2022

 

CREDITS
Written by Warren McIntyre
Recorded and produced by Matt Harvey at Maybank Studios, Glasgow
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios, London
Album artwork by GND Design, back cover photo by Didier

© Group photos by Manus McKee

TRACK LIST

1.    Smile Through The Dark
2.    Spitfire Susie
3.    Highwater Eagle
4.    Light In Your Soul
5.    Kindhearted People
6.    Natural Way
7.    I Don’t Wanna Be That Kinda Guy
8.    Iris In The Underground
9.    I Was Lost
10.  On The Beach

Keep up with Starry Skies
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