We All See Stars
Album concept: A frustrated boyfriend. A friend reaching out. A girl waits by her phone. We've met all these people. We've been all these people, right? But wait: that boyfriend lives in Islamabad. That friend reaches out in Kenya. The phone sits in a Tokyo apartment. Despite being more connected than ever, our world is still divided. Every day brings with it news of new battles, old grievances, separation, segregation and strife. WE ALL SEE STARS offers an important reminder: we are ALL part of the global community. Frustration, determination, hurt, love, curiosity, hope; all these are part of the universal human experience. No matter who or where we are, when we look up, we all see stars. Coming together may seem insurmountable, but baby, we can tear the walls down. * * * 'The title of Titanmoon's new album We All See Stars could easily refer to the songs: glittery, buoyant, and flowing with a seductive sonic generosity. Sounds incorporated into the tunes include ones captured at a revival at an African-American church in East Texas and stray bits of music recorded on the streets of Pakistan and Japan. The global reach of these samples offers the real key to the album's title. . . . The band doesn't make dance music per se, but that's as good a description as any of Titanmoon's epic, joyous sound rooted in anthemic choruses and powerful strains of synth and guitar. Parts of We All See Stars lean especially hard on an '80s-style love affair with the synthesizer, thanks to the influence that indie bands like Passion Pit have had on guitarist Floyd. The new album is considerably brighter and poppier than 2008's Film Black, which was just as moody and densely orchestral as you'd expect from a concept album.' - Jimmy Fowler.