Albany, NY based DIY rockers Stellar Young have taken a distinctly Radiohead approach in releasing their first full length album. The band arrived at the decision to go with the “pick what you pay” model for a download of their rookie alt-rock outing Everything at Once much like the general on sale for In Rainbows in 2007.
“People are going to download your music one way or another, so why not give them the highest quality download with the option to pay?” says guitarist/vocalist Erik Flora . This sentiment is no longer uncommon in a diverse and changing world of music as artists like Stellar Young look to get their best sound forward in lieu of possible additional profits. The chase for digital fidelity, however, doesn’t impugn on even more forward thinking.
“Since the digital release is basically free we wanted to add some value to the physical release” explains John Glenn. The physical release of Everything at Once, with a street date set for early January, contains musical interludes as well as a booklet with illustrations by Amanda Marie Eilies King (of AMEK Studios).
Working with producers Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, famous for producing bands like Straylight Run, Coheed and Cambria, and The Sleeping, Everything at Once grabs from the get-go as dark landscapes and atmospheres are explored set against precise backbeats, intricate guitar-work, and post-emo, rafters reaching vocals.
“This album is more of a cohesive thought than what we’ve done in the past” says Dave Parker. “By using a centralized theme, we aimed to create an experience when you listen to the whole album front to back which has also been the movement in our live show.”
Stream Everything at Once below and pre-order the physical release via Stellar Young’s Bandcamp.