If you’re reading this, you’re one of the survivors.
Of what, you may ask?
Ah, lucky wanker. You’ve blocked it out of your memory, haven’t you?
Before I proceed, please, sit down. Those horrific images that chase you at night when you close your eyes, the shrill screams of thousands of tormented souls begging to be put out of their misery, and perhaps worst of all…the smell. God, the smell.
You, my friend, watched Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime ‘spectacular’, and like many people you’ve blocked the whole debacle from your mind. Subconsciously though, you’re still seeing Madge shuffle awkwardly around the world’s most expensive portable nursing home, trying desperately to look like she can keep up with the hundreds of extras doing circles around her while she pretends to sing and clings to the last whisp of relevance she has in today’s world of music.
The good news for you and everyone else suffering from Madonna-itis is there’s a simple remedy in the form of Starkeeper, a Belgium group fronted by Ivy Smits and Pieter Van Dessel that’s found a musical sweet spot with their carefully crafted and addictively melodic pop offerings. If I was forced to sum Starkeeper up in a nutshell, I’d say they manage to mesh equal parts Peter Gabriel with Canada’s Jets Overhead. Like Mr. Gabriel, they seem very much in tune with the concept of creating interesting visuals to go along with their sonic creations, as demonstrated with the video for their first single, Elle.
The bad news? Currently Starkeeper only have a couple of tracks available to download at iTunes, but they tell me more are in the works and on their way for 2012. In the meantime, check out the video for Elle below, along with Jets Overhead and I Should Be Born (just in case you’re too lazy to click the link provided above).