Scrolling through my emails there are hundreds of press releases and artists asking me to review their work and just random clips from other indie blogs with music news to share. I admit I sometimes open the email and then just delete it. It’s just who I work, if I’m put off my album art or even an explicitly stupid track title I will delete the email. So when I do pick a band to write about, I’ve chosen the band because their music spoke to me on some level. That doesn’t mean I won’t write a bad review, because if I see the same name pop up in my queue over and over and over again I will write about them and let them know exactly why I didn’t want to write about them to begin with…
All of that aside…and just when you think there are not anymore debut albums to be grateful for.. welcome Jay Stolar with his lush, brilliantly arranged debut which releases in early October.
I really, really, really like Jay Stolar. I like him as a person and I like him as an artist. He’s making really amazing music. Now residing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Stolar is an active and vibrant part of the NYC music scene. You can tell he really pushes himself lyrically, creatively and musically. I appreciate the wide palette of sounds I hear while listening to the album. You can tell all the tracks are from the same person, but at the same time you can also hear just how talented he is and how much energy goes into making the music.
His 2012 slate included spots at CMJ and SXSW, as well as a 24-week residency at Rockwood Music Hall. The Rockwood shows grew more crowded every week, packed with music fans and critics alike, all of whom rave about Stolar’s charisma and timeless songs. One need look no further than his current Kickstarter campaign for evidence of his appeal – within three days of its launch, he raised $25,000, 170% of his initial goal.
On October 8, he releases his debut album More Than We Think. With ten heart-gripping tracks and no filler to speak of, it is the kind of album most musicians make only after a few tries.