Stellar Winds’ Nights at the Nest came out last month, and it takes a different approach to most other indie rock out there by employing a piano as a main instrument. This technique results in a higher class of EP, something you could listen to in the morning while you prepare for your stressful office job, or to impress the girl you brought back to your place after Happy hour with the guys. And at 7 tracks, it’s just enough to be a taster of something different without committing to a full LP, which could run the risk of becoming boring.
It opens with “Brotherhood”, slowly, but confidently ending. The piano does not hide in this track. Highlight of the album is “The Town”, due to its stark differences to the rest of the EP – regular vocalist Justin Turner and his not-quite-there voice steps back from the mic to let Steve Neal take a more direct approach to their hometown, and in fact all small towns. There is a yearning theme in there somewhere; an old West feel with the whistling in minor key. “Sewn” is a beautiful ballad style, with some stellar imagery like “ I’m sewn to you like gravity”.
This is a phenomenal debut from a band to watch. Iron and Wine better watch its back; Stellar Winds is about to beat them at their own game.