Clearsignals: Stars Lost Your Name

It’s been nearly a month since Portland-based, multi-disciplinary artist John C. Worsley released Stars Lost Your Name, and it’s still my daily work accompaniment. The twelve-track album begins as a beautiful, dreamy blend of minimal electronic grooves and sedate guitar riffs, then slowly escalates, fluctuating between waves of intricate, restless layers, and muted ambiance. At times measured and brooding, at times brimming with anticipation, this is easily one of my favorite albums of 2010 so far. Bonus? Every song is named after a star, the album thus forming a constellation.

I’m a sucker for a concept album, and Stars Lost Your Name happens to be one of those. The official story goes like this:

On the 24th of February, 2010, a moving truck was picked up in Portland. Over the course of the following 6 days, 12 states, and 3096 miles, while helping a friend move from Portland, Oregon to Cambridge, Massachusetts, these 12 songs were initially composed; in motels, in living rooms, and in the passenger seat.

After returning to Portland by air, 6 more days were spent recording and arranging before the album was deemed finished at 66:48 in length on the 12th of March, and released the following 24th; a roadmap, memoir, and secret constellation.

You can download Stars Lost Your Name in its entirety, for free, here. Thank you, John. However, if you like what you hear, the album is also on iTunes. Love it with money!

12 Responses to “Clearsignals: Stars Lost Your Name”

  1. Soop Says:

    Much appreciated.

  2. Jamie Says:

    This sounds great, downloading. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Arcko Says:

    Gotta say I’m enjoying this ambient experience. In fact, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed ambient this much since Sasha’s airdrawndagger back in ’02.

    Good find, Zo.

  4. Chris B Says:

    This is lovely! I’ll snag it when I get home. Thanks for passing this along, guys.

  5. Amanda Says:

    this is an amazing album, perfect for reading, contemplating, cuddling…
    thank you for the share!

  6. Brian M Says:

    Wow, this definitely scratches an itch. Thanks!

  7. Caroline Says:

    The next month of my life is filled with writing, writing, writing. I am so excited to find this great album to be my soundtrack! Thanks, John, and to Coilhouse for sharing the link!

  8. icelandbob Says:

    wow this album is SO good! í´m streaming it now and that first track has a wonderful feel to it….

  9. Zoetica Says:

    Hooray – I’m glad people are diggin’ it. Caroline, it’s so perfect for work, isn’t it?

  10. Jerem Morrow Says:

    You and the mister have turned me onto several electronic bits that I’ve been very pleased with. More, I says, MOAR.

  11. Vivacious_G Says:

    I’m going through all the Coilhouse music posts today until IT happens. This one, yes!

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