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Kelley Stoltz

La Fleur

    Between outside musical projects, pushing past 50 years old and becoming a father for the first time, San Francisco psych-pop legend Kelley Stoltz has spent the past two years steadily writing and recording his 18th album, “La Fleur”. The dazzling 12 song collection will be released in June by Agitated in Europe/UK and Dandy Boy Records in the USA.

    “La Fleur'' finds Stoltz once again playing nearly all of the instruments on the album- though a new friendship with pop guru Jason Falkner has led to Falkner appearing on two songs, “Hide In A Song” and “Make Believer” respectively. There’s the requisite 60’s meets 80’s pop rock confections that Stoltz favors with a new focus on out front vocals and perhaps a bit shinier production. Pandemic era blues, politics and fatherhood are lyrical touchstones throughout.

    The album’s first single “Reni’s Car” is the jangle rock lead single based on an actual event of Kelley riding around Manchester in the Stone Roses drummer's car. The accompanying music video was shot (partially) on location. “About Time” marries Twin Peaks synths to Fleetwood Mac and Avalon era Roxy Music in a cautionary tale to Stoltz's young daughter. “Human Events” puts revolutionary prose to a Moody Blues strum that floats off into Osees territory …and do I hear a nod to Gershwin in there?

    During the 2010’s Kelley played live as a sideman with Rodriguez and Echo & the Bunnymen, as the 2020’s dawned he was invited to support Pavement on their big reunion tour. He’s also been heard playing drums live with Robyn Hitchcock as well as adding sitar to Hitchcock's last two albums. In 2022, Stoltz was championed with a live appearance on Marc Riley’s BBC6 show. As producer, he has recorded the new album by Brigid Dawson formerly of the Ohsees.

    In my ears, Stoltz rarely does any wrong, and these comparisons are only just that little fruit to get you curious- he is still one of a kind. An under the radar hero to a few, and still after all these great songs, deserving of more. Climb on the bandwagon - as ever it’s quite pleasing here.

    - GEORGE CLOUD San Francisco, CA 2024

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Human Events
    2. Victorian Box
    3.Hide In A Song
    4. Losing My Wild
    5. If You Ask
    6. Switch On Switch Off
    7. Reni's Car
    8. Awake In A Dream
    9. About Time
    10. The Butterflies
    11. Eye To I
    12. Make Believer 

    April March / Kelley Stoltz

    April March Sings Kelley Stoltz (RSD24 EDITION)

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      Kelley Stoltz

      The Stylist

        "The Stylist", Kelley Stoltz's 17th album finds him following up the Third Man Records reissue of his 2001 "Antique Glow", with a collection of 10 new songs. The album was recorded early in 2021, and has been languishing in the vinyl pressing log jam ever since - but luckily Stoltz writes timeless songs, the kind that might've appeared on the fringes of the late 60's or mid 80's. Acoustic guitars, synthesizers, drum machines and strong melodies abound. As with his other classic records "Below the Branches", "Double Exposure" and "Ah! (etc)" Stoltz plays most of the instruments himself and records in his home studio in San Francisco. Kelley says, "I chose the title 'the Stylist' because musically I guess that's what I am... because of the way I write, at my leisure over a period of months at home, I kinda flit around between styles. It's all in the pop-rock vein, but there's usually a wide range of sounds and inspiration from song to song. It sort of fits together in a mix tape kind of way, rather than an exploration of one particular mood. That's always been the case with my albums."

        The chorus-y guitar jangle of "Your Name Escapes Me" somehow name checks the New Bomb Turks, while reflecting on familiar if forgotten faces from Stoltz's past. On "My Island" insistent piano and saxophone solos take the listener on a tropical trip to the soft rock radio dial. Stoltz played rhythm guitar in Echo & the Bunnymen for a few years, and "We Grew So Far Apart" clangs like a lost Liverpool 80's classic. Stoltz says, "There's a touch more piano on this record... going back to my Sub Pop days, when I was writing more Beatle-y bits... Harry Nilsson... that kind of thing." Indeed, the piano led "It's a Cold World" plays like a holy union of Todd Rundgren and the Zombies where Stoltz declares, "it's a cold world at times, but I'm not ready to give up the fight."

        Thankfully, after 23 years the beat goes on... and no matter what style Stoltz chooses, "The Stylist" is another platter of tuneful delight in the impressive catalog of one of the great songwriters of our time.


        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        Change
        We Grew So Far Apart
        You Had To Be There
        My Wildest Dream
        Its A Cold World
        Side B
        Is There Anything That's Better Than This , Babe?
        Your Name Escapes Me
        In The Night
        Wrong Number
        My Island

        Kelley Stoltz

        Antique Glow - 20th Anniversary Edition

          Third Man Records is proud to announce the 20th anniversary expanded edition of Kelley Stoltz’s defining album Antique Glow. The announcement is heralded by the release of bonus track "Too Beck". Limited-edition "rainy nights" UK exclusive vinyl will be available on release day.

          Originally self-released in minuscule vinyl-only quantities in 2001, Antique Glow has served not only as a template for the length of Kelley Stoltz’s twenty-plus year career, but has also served as a compass for other Anglophile, TASCAM 388 home recording acolytes. Original copies featured Stoltz’s clever, wry and fanciful hand-painted adornments overtop reclaimed thrift store LP jackets, Third Man’s release here utilizes some of those original unused images for a die-cut sleeve that ultimately gives the listener six different possible album covers.

          The songs are by-and-large masterpieces of bedroom pop magic. From the whispering “Here Comes the Sun”-adjacent acoustic underpinnings of album opener “Perpetual Night” through the fuzz-threaded leads of “Are You Electric?” Stoltz’s inspirations are impeccable and clear. Sixties Davies British Invasion through 80’s British Bunnymen post-punk, with appropriate off-shoots into West Coast American pop-psych, Velvets-indebted hooliganism and Drake/CSNY acoustic attenuations, the end result is pure joy.

          On the expanded version, standout tracks previously relegated to an Australian tour-only CD (like the breathlessly cinematic “Old Pictures”) see their first-ever vinyl and digital release while there’s an additional 10 songs from the Antique Glow-era seeing their first ever release in any format. The cutting room floor quality here is second-to-none, Stoltz clearly gifted with the curse of writing too many indelible songs, so the newly released “Too Beck” (originally cast off by Kelley because he thought “it sounded too much like Beck”) and “Umbrella” stand firm as some of the best, most timeless music Stoltz has ever released... a full two decades after he recorded them!



          With all instruments and vocals performed by Stoltz, the singularity of vision here is impeccably clear and executed.

          TRACK LISTING

          LP1
          1. Perpetual Night
          2. Crystal Ball
          3. Jewel Of The Evening
          4. Underwater's Where The Action Is
          5. One Thousand Rainy Days
          6. Tubes In The Moonlight
          7. 26th Street Floor
          8. Are You Electric
          9. Please Visit Soon
          10. Listen Darkly
          11. Fake Day
          12. Mean Marianne
          13. Mt. Fuji
          14. Silver Lining

          LP2
          15. Old Pictures (Bonus Track)
          16. Immobile Bones (Bonus Track)
          17. You'll Find The Truth In The Frying Pan (Bonus Track)
          18. You And Me And 100 Others (Bonus Track)
          19. You're Making Me Yawn (Bonus Track)
          20. Interplanetary Wisdom (Bonus Track)
          21. Harmonica Makes The Doggy Go Wild (Bonus Track)
          22. Dead John (Bonus Track)
          23. Baby's Fingers (Bonus Track)
          24. Too Beck (Bonus Track)
          25. Discount City VU (Bonus Track)
          26. Umbrella (Bonus Track)
          27. Spilled Milk (Live On PBS) (Bonus Track)

          Kelley Stoltz

          Ah!(etc)

            “I was guzzling wine at my favorite bar in San Francisco, the Rite Spot, and the entertainment that night was some local opera singers singing along with a big video screen showing a collage of various operatic moments with subtitles. One particular subtitle, ‘Ah!-(etc)’ made me laugh, I thought it was a perfect description of life - the joy of existence against the etcetera of it all, the struggle. With a heavy head of rose’ it seemed like ecstatic poetry! I scribbled it on a napkin and thought it might make a good title for something” And so the mystery behind the title of Kelley Stoltz new record is solved. Less of a mystery is the quality contained therein… after 12 self-titled releases and a several more under pseudonyms, Stoltz is the word for “one-man-band-home-recording-pop-songs of idiosyncratic character.” A quick follow up to his more power pop and pub rock LP only “Hard Feelings” offering in the summer, “Ah-(etc)” finds Stoltz returning to his sweet spot, writing songs that never were, but should have been in the 60’s and 80’s.

            As with other LPs Stoltz makes virtually every noise on the album which was written and recorded in 2019 at his Electric Duck Studio in. San Francisco. A few friends popped in to play along… Stoltz former bandmate, Echo & the Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant adds electric guitar to “The Quiet Ones” a sort of Scott Walker lyrical take on strangers and neighbors. Karina Denike formerly of Dance Hall Crashers adds gorgeous vocals on the bossanova groover “Moon Shy”, where Sergeant pops up again in a spoken word role on the outro. Allyson Baker of SF’s Dirty Ghosts sings on “She Like Noise”, a song Stoltz wrote for her in celebration of her love of seeing live bands.

            The album was mastered by Mikey Young in Australia, Tour dates scheduled for summer 2021.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Kelley Stoltz returns for his newest 'Ah! etc', brimming with the clever riffs and latent sunshine psychedelia we've come to expect. It's a refreshing and beautifully accomplished LP, and will certainly go on to reveal many layers with each subsequent listen. Gorgeous.

            TRACK LISTING

            SIDE A
            1. Team Earth
            2. The Quiet Ones
            3. Never Change Enough
            4. Dodged A Bullet
            5. Cold

            SIDE B
            6. She Likes Noise
            7. Some Other Time
            8. Moon Shy
            9. Darkness Too
            10. Chasing The Light
            11. Tomorrow
            12. Having Fun

            Dinked Edition Bonus 12” EP
            A:
            Gift Of Days
            Peace Together
            B:
            Pictures Of Me
            Casio Life

            Kelley Stoltz

            Hard Feelings

              Well, yes please… Sir Kelley Stoltz, king of songs.. avatar of 80s pop done in a 60s pop fashion..and vice versa..drops (dropped) a 17 tracker for Bandcamp day, and forgot to tell us to sell our copies in..he woke, put it up, and boom…he sold out of his load on Friday… so, now its our turn.. cheers Kelley!! He even invents a new sub-genre for his tunes.. 17 Incredible tracks! This time Kelley genre plays in the POWER-PUB world, with dashes of Undertones, Stiff Records, 80's Iggy evenly applied. A chance buy of a $75 Japanese Electric Guitar conducive only to power chords, and repeated spins of the Mick Trouble LP made for a wild week of recording this edgy delight. Recorded Fall 2019 at Electric Duck Studios SF, CA. Mastered by Sir Mikey Young. Brought to you by Chuffed Records, a Puzzling Records Company.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Hard Feelings
              2. Teenage
              3. Loosen Up 01:59
              4. It's Crap 02:12
              5. Low Resolution 02:05
              6. People In Power 02:44
              7. Now That You're Gone 02:14
              8. Me & My Mohawk 01:44
              9. Japanese Sweat 01:45
              10. Disappearing 02:41
              11. Taking The Train 01:41
              12. What Goes Up 03:02
              13. Driving Myself Crazy 02:52
              14. Rinse & Repeat 02:21
              15. Too Good To Be True 02:57
              16. I Wanna Sleep 02:17
              17. War 02:39 

              Kelley Stoltz

              My Regime

                Kelley Stoltz enters his 20th year in the record business with the release of his 10th full length album, “My Regime”. This will be his second release for the Spanish label Banana & Louie after prior albums on Castleface, Third Man Records and Sub Pop. A longtime DIY home recording multi instrumentalist, Stoltz again engineers, mixes and plays all the instruments on the album and his unique brand of “60’s/80’s” pop, garage-rock and folk sounds seem to have gotten better with age.

                “My Regime” was recorded during an emotional year that saw him get engaged to marry, his father pass away and his tenure as rhythm guitarist with longtime heroes Echo & the Bunnymen come to and end. Jovial and reflective moods ensued and were put to tape by Stoltz in his Electric Duck Studios at home in San Francisco. The first single “Turning Into You” ponders the delight and soul connections of love, while “2020” asks “have you got what you need to ride it out… I wish I could see peace in 2020”, in reference to the chaotic politics at home. “Fire on Fire” written with his Dad on his mind, and is a big beat slow burner reminiscent of the Church’s “Starfish” years.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: Slowly wandering missives, phased guitar and Stoltz' reverbed vocal beautifully riding atop the swooning backdrop, 'My Regime' once again steps things up from last years' 'Natural Causes'. Lovely.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1
                1. SISTER
                2. 2020
                3. TURNING INTO YOU
                4. MY REGIME
                5. UH OH
                6. GOOD TO SEE YOU

                Side 2
                1. YOUR LIFE
                2. PERFECT STRANGER
                3. FIRE ON FIRE
                4. BABY, BE GOOD TO ME
                5. ZONKED
                6. THINGS GO BUMP

                Kelley Stoltz

                In Triangle Time

                  Silver-tongued songsmith and true American treasure Kelley Stoltz presents a new collection of instant classics with just a hint more synthery than 2013’s Double Exposure. For those not yet in the fan club, Kelley’s like a Ray Davies / Brian Wilson / Tom Petty power pop Cerebus from another dimension where well placed tambourines, handclaps, and wry observations are a universal language. Criminally under-appreciated, Kelley’s face should be on Amoeba-bucks for his contributions to the pop canon - the black-lipstick-smeared stand-out and lead-off track “Cut Me Baby” could be his walk-on music for the acceptance speech.

                  Each track here leaps off the table with Kelley’s carefully considered wit and expertly layered arrangements. His innate way around a sticky hook and no shortage of tasty studio flourishes will bring out the listener’s inner record nerd, guaranteed.


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