Shimmering Stars “You Were There” (exclusive)

25 Jul 2014 — Henning Lahmann

You may certainly make a point about overly obvious retromania here, but there has always been something about Vancouver outfit Shimmering Stars that really struck a chord with me. There's some barely suppressed yet indelible sadness lying within every single note that isn't really expressed by the overall melancholy of the band's music itself – instead it's deeper, at the same time more hidden and more urgent. This might be the reason why the work of the late Songs: Ohia mastermind Jason Molina has been such a significant influence for Shimmering Stars' main songwriter Rory McClure. After their disarmingly beautiful and intimate cover of "Hold On Magnolia" two years ago, Molina's spirit remains present on the haunting miniature "You Were There". We're glad to premiere the song below, which is taken from Shimmering Stars' upcoming full-length Bedrooms of the Nation.

Bedrooms of the Nation is out on August 13 via Almost Musique. You may order your copy of the LP now over here.