Star Is Just a Sun
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The White Birch are from Oslo, Norway and were musical comrades to Savoy Grand. It was the second wave of Slo-Core. Different to their British label mates from Nottingham The White Birch spread out a warm carpet: on one side depressingly heavy and on the other gentle. Their sound was painted in a dark, blurry yellow, like falling leaves in autumn. "There's no beauty without darkness", The White Birch once said, and put earth-coloured shadows upon their sweet melodies. Slowness versus faster rotating news and versus the beginning of the digital age. It was the second wave of Slo-Core. Maybe Star Is Just A Sun only could emerge at that period. A monument to silence. At that time print media was the gatekeeper to most music afficionados. It was the word of mouth - and rarely the new blogs - that told about the existence of this new band. Such a group was The White Birch in 2002. They brought Pop into slowness. "Happiness", somebody says, "well, it happens. It just appears. And when it does, we won't recognize it, but when it disappears we'll search for it." Like Mark Hollis' masterpiece "The Colour of Spring", Slints "Spiderland", "Frigid Stars" by Codeine, or even "Burn The Furniture" by Savoy Grand - Star Is Just A Sun stands the test of time. A painting without darkness can't be warm and beautiful. For six years Star Is Just A Sun wasn't available, it never was released on vinyl. Helge Sten (Supersilent, Motorpsycho, Nils Petter Molvaer) remastered the original tapes. This winter Glitterhouse Records will release a vinyl-version for the first time as well as the CD (digipak) plus booklet.
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