posted on June 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm
at last my stars

at last my stars


it is indeed hard to know where to begin with this album

it is a totally immodest thing to say

but this a double plus good record my friends

not least coz a frank kearns guitar

sounds like string sections flutes and electric piano

sounds like birds crying and sounds like violins wailing

sounds like indistinct watercolour floods that are sweet and melodic

talk about intricate talk about evocative talk about mystical

talk about layers of rich organic blah blah blah

the last word in magical guitar playing

to induce an enchanted state to imply a familiar celtic faerie thing

childrens stories and Finn McCool and weird happenings

and huge distant birds traversing the skies

and warm moments lost in some glowing autumn afterglow

and desolation and the sound of war machinery echoing in a memory

the guitar playing is so romance laden and dripping in nature sound

this is as good as it gets

no one else has gone so far into the glimmering sonic empire as FXK

this is the result of years of perfecting this sound

and a completely dreamy nature which is ever percolating with music

hes taken the electric guitar and then treating it with his old school harmoniser

which is like the box that goes everywhere with him

a box that in the hands of a dreamer like him lets out dreams into this world

his creations are ephemeral gossamer delicate pearls strung across a universe of space

an absolute master of the guitar right here

not bent his energy towards the usual stuff

instead  found a way to imply such wonderful stuff

emotional joyous both complex and simple

easy to listen to and easy to create

this music oozes out from both of us now

like planets ooze from the mahavishnu out there somewhere

music we have created…i am impressed

the bass and piano i have provided

i am no maestro like FXK

but here i play exactly the right required thing

simple piano parts with emphasis on single lower notes up loud

the bass guitars are fluid supple and elusively fantastic

i am very proud of the keys and bass

the drummers wayne sheehy and barton price are just incredible

subtle and then walloping the skins like a wrathful god

ted howard who mixed with frank the record is a sonic genius

the vocals by me  and backing vocals by frank are strong and clear and tuneful

the melodies are sinuous and insistent

the words are spells oh yeah from who knows where tho

i dont know where these words have come from

i feel frank and i tapped into something

we drilled thru a wall and druidic words and music came to us

voices dictated the words to me

i have no memory of writing most of them

is this album somehow manifested from another realm..?

yes it is i suppose you could say

there is more going on than i can understand

some once famous bards from the olden days have informed our work

ideas flew to us as we cast our nets into the unknown silences

these are my best lyrics

the zenith so far of what i have done

the songs we have created here are a series of brilliant worlds

worlds of warm emotions and blurred memory

yes feelings of other lives other times other lives other voices

as frank is creating his backdrops of orchestral guitar

the words unfurl perfectly matched to the music like husband and wife

the words describe the music which describes the words

the voices the drums the music the words all of them suggest

but suggest what what what what what what what…?

somehow we are conjuring emotions fresh from outta some pagan place

we glimpse through the combination of words and music

the splendour of great houses in decay

the clean salty spray in a secret sea cove maybe painted by Dali

the fresh air that blows out of these songs

the animals that lumber and fly forth

the warm winter evenings of tuscany and eire

in albion the druids who produced their sublime lays

we can really only imagine how truly fucking cool their pieces must have been

somehow and somewhere on this record we have captured echoes of those days

our music just invokes all this fleeting stuff

but really enough is enough

its some of the best stuff ive ever done

this time the hype the wait whatever is all justified

this is one we’ve all been waiting for

the spiritual pastoral natural deep and clean music

after all we have ever done

here is this

its nine and three quarters stars out of ten

i dont see how we could have possibly made a better record

an absolute essential crucial recording

for people who want the strange and the mercurial

here it is!

hope you’ll be listening to this for years



29 Responses to “the speed of the stars”

  1. avatar
    Eskaedor | 9 June 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    Perfection indeed. You and Frank have delivered 99.9 percent pure. Minds will be blown. Congratulations on finishing the album.

  2. etta
    etta | 9 June 2016 at 10:42 pm #


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    monica | 10 June 2016 at 2:36 am #

    what an exquisite creation…
    intoxicating and radiant.
    such a blessing, to have these
    gorgeous songs in my life…
    can’t thank you enough

  4. Pictish
    Pictish | 10 June 2016 at 5:06 am #

    Ah, this is a perfect sound for long summer days. Where is my hammock? Thank you both!

  5. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 10 June 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Yes sir, this one will be played for years right there with Blurred, Starfish, Priest, After Everything, Untitled #23, Further/Deeper all the KK albums Isi and Jack Frost albums with GB3 right there as well. It is amazing how many beautiful albums you have been a part of over the years. You are dead on with Franks Guitar sounds really amazing stuff, your lyrics and vocals are as strong as ever. With the amount of work you do it is always fresh and new yet still you. This one will be played often until your next solo album comes out. See you in St. Louis at the Ready Room. Sold out already, glad I bought tickets early.

    Take care Sage Of The Stars,


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    Cath | 10 June 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    Just unzipped (sorry I been slack)I get to hear it with your words now, I wonder if there is a way to support it on bandcamp or to do that would we need to rebuy there.?

    <3 yeye congrats on work finished, sounds lovely so far

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    Cath | 10 June 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Masterful evocative mystical moments moving as the earth shudders under the grace of the great cosmic mind …dreaming itself …….through aeons….and minstrels sublime

    welcome an infinitude

    beautiful touch, beautiful feeling on all parts, love it.

  8. etta
    etta | 10 June 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    Dear Steve, forgot to ask earlier, will you and Frank be performing this live or might you do some sk shows and play some SOTS songs?!
    Also, strange random occurrence: i was driving back from the countryside the other day and the car in front of me hit a white styrofoam box. Then all the tiny white particles were blown towards me. I was listening to Snowfaller at that moment. It was a warm sunny day, no chance of snow otherwise.
    It was fun talking to you. Thank you for your time. Appreciated. I said I would go and play the album again but for some reason I didn’t.
    Am delaying gratification for a bit. 🙂

  9. avatar
    Steven Krut | 10 June 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    It’s subtle. On my first listen through I was impatient and it didn’t make a big impact. On my second listen I became entranced. I’m on my third listen now and astonishment best describes what I’m feeling. I agree this is some of your best work. The songs have a delicate, sensual power – a languid nocturne beauty suffused with wonderment and mystery. You and Frank really have tapped into something from beyond. One for the ages. I love it!

  10. avatar
    Chris | 13 June 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Song of the Shell

    the future returns to the past
    the circle is completed
    light streams from afar
    the earth rises up and shimmers
    a silvery voice calls through the veil
    angel wings brush and swoop
    sibilant whispers pierce the dark
    delicate music dances from within
    a figure approaches and beckons
    soft eyes of beauty and gentleness
    hello sweet creature helping to remember
    the cruelty fades and dissolves
    hands hold and comfort
    lips tell ancient stories of biami
    the blood and tears
    of beautiful black spirit filled people
    soak into soil flow in rivers
    restless spirits wail cry sing
    pool in billabongs dry on leaves
    footsteps in time trace the sands
    trees speak wisdom and closeness
    earth embraces and owns
    sky enfolds and weeps joy
    drops and globes of pure water
    offer a universe of stars nebula
    swirling galaxies erupting planets
    contained within cellular space
    greed and mercenary commerce recede
    replaced by harmony and unity

  11. Kraig
    Kraig | 15 June 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    Just got my copy the other day and lovin’ it all the way! Maaan it’s gooood! Well worth the wait after 25+ years! Lookin’ forward to the two bonus cuts too. Cheers Steve, see you soon in Saint Louie with The Furs (August i believe)!

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    isolde | 16 June 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    loved all of it thank you xx

  13. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 19 June 2016 at 10:43 pm #

    Happy Fathers day Steve, see you in St Louis. Looking forward to your set list and meet and greet.

  14. etta
    etta | 21 June 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Feeling mellowness
    I wished it for you
    Then asked if you believed
    And you said no
    With mildness
    Someone sent you a song
    You asked if you looked like you need it
    Then apologized for any petulance
    You refused a meet and greet
    Because of already formal introductions
    So friends just suggested gate crashing with them anyway
    To your chagrin?
    Makes me grin to think
    Aah don’t look back
    Don’t look back
    Mellow fellow

  15. avatar
    Chris | 13 October 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Beautiful. Never disappointed in your music, your art. Thanks for another Masterpiece!!!!

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