“The album is part of a wider multi-media project (even the album artwork is part of the whole package), just look at their videos to get the vibe they are creating. It's basically art set to music. If you are…Read more
NEW ALBUM - ‘STARLITE.ONE’ - MEDIA PACK
- Saving Me - the first single from the album - released on Friday 7th July 2023
- STARLITE.ONE album - released on Friday 1st September 2023
The album is available on:
- deluxe limited edition 180g milky clear vinyl with gatefold sleeve and printed inner sleeve
- deluxe limited edition Compact Disc with gatefold sleeve
- high-definition digital download exclusively on Bandcamp
Please note: the album is not available on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music or any audio-only streaming platforms - we aim to put the value back in music
“Hallelujah! Praise be! Starlite & Campbell return to save us from musical mediocrity with a brand new single ‘Saving Me’ ” - Dennis Jarman
“The performances are exquisite, and I really can't fault any moment,” - Andy Snipper
— Music News (UK) ★★★★★
“The album is part of a wider multi-media project (even the album artwork is part of the whole package), just look at their videos to get the vibe they are creating. It's basically art set to music. If you are done listening to the lyrics, the music has plenty to unpick too. It's overflowing with space-age sounds and emotions, along with deeply human ones too. Jump onboard STARLITE.ONE, it won't disappoint.” - Gerry Driver
“This magnum opus of an album closes with ‘A Part Of Me Is Broken (Part Two)’. These six fiery minutes make for the heaviest track here musically as guitars jab and also deliver body blow riffs around more pulsing electronica for an all consuming end to a mindblowing album of aural delights, point proven by the second half of the song as Suzy delivers a silky smooth spoken word mantra over a speaker rattling throb!” - Dennis Jarman
Multi-instrumentalists husband & wife Starlite & Campbell are set to release their exciting third studio album STARLITE.ONE on independent label Supertone Records on Friday 1st September 2023.
- STARLITE.ONE is a concept album built on honest emotion. Guitar riffs that rock, melodic bass, dynamic drums, analogue synth soundscapes, heartfelt melody and double vocal harmonies
- STARLITE.ONE can be described as Art Rock, Prog Rock, Psych Rock, all with a distinctly British sound
- STARLITE.ONE features Hugo Danin on drums, one of the finest drummers in Europe with everything else played by Starlite & Campbell.
STARLITE.ONE was recorded at the Supertone Studio, Samora Correia, Portugal on BETTY, the 48-channel CADAC analog mixing console along with a host of vintage outboard & microphones, synthesisers, valve amplifiers and of course, a pile of guitars & basses.
Starlite & Campbell spent many months exploring a totally new direction, experimenting with new sounds and creating the arrangements.
You will hear a delight of analogue synthesisers from the Sequential Prophet-5 and Tempest, MOOG Matriarch, Minitaur and Opus 3 plus unique sounds created in the Supertone laboratory.
It was recorded, mixed, engineered and produced by Simon Campbell.
- STARLITE.ONE is about helping us to understand the world we live in
- STARLITE.ONE is about living every day as if it were your last
- STARLITE.ONE gives a voice to the experiences of our shared humanity
- STARLITE.ONE is a place where you are only limited by your imagination
“Of the nine tracks here, every one has a reason to exist, no filler, and every one makes a statement. Sometimes you have to work to get to the inner meaning, but music that exercises your mind should be greeted with open ears. The vocals all through are quite superb and the two are certainly working as well apart as they are in harmony. ” - Andy Snipper
— Music News (UK) ★★★★★
It started in a dream with the rescue of six friendly monkeys from the perils of an alien frond that was plotting to kill them in their home under the stairs.
It looked like a friendly enough frond, winding its way around harmlessly, as inquisitive vines. Its rope-like presence didn’t seem to bother the monkeys at all and they showed no signs of discomfort, carrying about their daily business as usual; preening followed by more reciprocal preenage, munching and chewing on ripened fruit and generally doing nothing much at all.
But in the silence, our instincts spoke to us differently.
We sat down and began to tell the monkeys stories of our plans and vision for a fresh, hopeful and exciting future and invited them to be a part of our adventures into pastural galaxies anew. The monkeys seemed to like the idea of a change of scenery having been stuck under the stairs for quite some time as they were, afterall, curious characters by nature. Gradually, poco a poco, little by little and one by one, they made the decision to leave their home full of shadows of the past.
Just as the last monkey was walking through the door, the alien frond unexpectedly made a sudden jolt and within a flash appeared swaying in the doorway with a cockiness of invincibility, It opened its dribbling mouth in an attempt to smile, revealing a menacing promise of metal teeth, glinting like sparks of fire in the darkness.
We turned our backs and left.
Under cover of the night, we made our way to a safe place and took shelter on board Starlite.One which was docked in a nearby port.
On arrival at security, we checked in with our STARLITE.One boarding cards and, once free to proceed, leapt up the metal steps into the holding bay, closed the external doors, switched on the security forcefield and stood momentarily for a group photo next to the Fortune slot machine.
We were home... our home for now.
After showing our new friends their quarters, we headed to our favourite place onboard, the vinyl listening lounge, where all our monkey friends who were joining us on this trip loved to hang out.
We took turns playing our favourite vinyl, Acadie, American Head, Hey What, A Light For Attracting Attention and of course Scott 2... whilst the youngsters had great fun teasing us and joking around. The adults reminisced and we listened to stories of our lives and the difference that 2% in our DNA really makes... and how much we have in common.
Together we discussed the manipulation of our spirituality and the blood that has been shed in the name of organised religion; the importance of voting and how we measure consensus, the utter futility of war, emotional manipulation, a romantic dalliance with an AI companion, the surreal and deep sadness experienced at the loss of a parent to dementia and how some parents truly fuck up their children.
We all agreed that a part of us is broken and before we departed the planet for a new world, we reminded ourselves of the importance of authenticity and being ourselves, of honesty, intimacy, laughter and joy; memories can be lost and youth is a fleeting moment.
We looked through the window of Starlite.One, way up high into the distant beyond of the night sky and marvelled at the stars burning and shimmering without a care.
Soon we would be joining them but for now, we were grateful for this moment, this time that we live.
STARLITE & CAMPBELL
When Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell accidentally fell in love in 2013, they knew that they wanted a shared musical adventure together and decided to go on the road as touring musicians living in Europe.
Starlite was born in Ross on Wye, Herefordshire and Campbell in Bury, Greater Manchester.
They have resided in the Isle of Man, France, Spain and Germany and initially sold everything that wasn’t related to music (including their flat) to buy enough gear to be able to open their own world-class vintage analogue semi-mobile recording studio.
Move to 2023 and they are now based in Samora Correia, Portugal, half an hour north of the capital Lisboa.
“The analogue production is fantastic! It's something you don't hear much anymore these days. What an epic album - you guys are out of this planet!” - Javier Muñoz
— La Cueva Studio, Spain
“Really first rate work!” - Jeff Aeling
IT'S ABOUT HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL
Starlite & Campbell have an authentically British sound.
Campbell spent many hours in search of the perfect guitar and tones for each song during the recording process. “I must admit I did get a bit obsessed” he laughed ”Sometimes I had this sound I was looking to use in a particular song and I spent days experimenting with a combination of different guitars, amps and cabinets until I found the right emotion, the right attitude and feel that the song needed!!”
Simon added “We also have an extremely rare MOOG E1 M guitar which sounds magnificent. It’s like wrestling with a dragon to play but the ethereal guitar tones and expressions are out of this world incredible!!”
STARLITE.ONE also represented a fresh chapter with Starlite & Campbell experimenting with new synthesiser soundscapes.
Starlite had the Sequential Prophet-5, Moog Opus 3 and Waldorf STVC to learn and explore.
"Working with these incredible synthesisers was such a liberating experience!" enthused Suzy. "I was like a kid in a sweet shop. We both were!"
"Simon was making all these strange rhythmic patterns on the MOOG Matriarch, Minitaur and Sequential Tempest drum machine. It felt like I was in some sort of interstellar spaceship messing around with all the ship's controls. The key was to understand what, when and where to use them!! I have fallen in love with the Prophet-5: it's such a majestic instrument! Awe-inspiring!!"
WE MIX FOR VINYL
Simon explained “I’ve produced all the music we have worked on together as I am looking for something different. I'm not a fan of highly compressed sounds as it flattens the dynamics of the music.
Starlite adds an extra pair of ‘fresh ears’ and together we are never short of ideas and always experimenting - the result is we sound like us, from the way we record drums, bass and guitar, to the style of our songwriting, music arrangements and vocal harmonies.
Mixing all the band’s music with vinyl in mind, it is then sensitively mastered, without overuse of compression, by the mighty Jon Astley from Close to the Edge who has worked with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Porcupine Tree, Debby Harry, Tori Amos. Paul McCartney and George Harrison.”
The lacquers for vinyl are cut by Miles Showell, a world leader in his field at Abbey Road in London. Miles has worked on recordings by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Who and more.
Suzy and Simon take every care in the whole production process which is evident by the calibre of the team they work with to produce the beautifully recorded music.
“Some of my friends have been rejected because of their sexual orientation. Leaders have banned contraception and countless wars have been fought leading to immeasurable suffering. Simon and I wrote 'Saving Me' about the dark underbelly of organised religion.” - Suzy Starlite
“Throughout the world, humans are generally social beings with a shared need for intimacy, love, respect and connection. What happens when you feel isolated and alone? 'Shine The Light On Me' is a true story about a human and their AI companion.”
THE ARTWORK IS A PART OF THE story...
When it came to the album artwork, they wanted to change things up a bit.
STARLITE.ONE is also part of a wider and evocative multi-media project which gives a voice to the experiences of being human expressed through the mediums of music, video, photography, collage artwork and through our blog -VIBES - writing, cuisine and podcasts.
Starlite created the album collage artwork working alongside wonderful graphic designer Tiago Cruz to translate it into the album cover. Cruz also designed all the STARLITE.ONE album marketing campaign and tour merchandise.
Photography for this project is by photographer Paul Husband, both on location in Manchester, England and Lisbon, Portugal.
Logos for STARLITE.ONE and Starlite & Campbell were designed by Barry Kinder of Track & Kern.
“STARLITE.ONE is about you and belongs to you.”
A1. Saving Me
A dramatic start to STARLITE.ONE courtesy of Starlite's Mike Lull custom T4 fuzz bass guitar which immediately sets the tension, complemented by detailed cymbal work from Danin and strident guitar line by Campbell.
The second chorus introduces a searing guitar line followed by the Tarantinoesque middle eight with dark, moody analogue synthesised strings.
The tension builds through to the final chorus before finally erupting into a powerful climax of double harmonies and emotion!
About: Starlite & Campbell have been deeply affected by the repercussions organised religion on world events and people. Pope Benedict XVI refused to change the Catholic Church's dogma on contraception directly condemning to death hundreds of thousands of Africans during the AIDS epidemic. So many people have fought and died in wars as a result of the interpretation of scripture.
A2. The Voting Machine
A pulsing MOOG Matriarch implies we are moving to a different place... It begins with the abrupt arrival of complex rhythmic patterns, created by Campbell's programmed Tempest drum machine which intertwines with Danin's intricate groove.
Starlite's pure and gentle tonal vocal delivery belies the dark meaning in the underbelly of the song, punctuated with a melodic rap cycling through the many facets of the story.
The arrival of the middle eight is declared by the triumphant calls of the MOOG Opus 3 analogue synthesiser.
A triumph for who?
About: The controversy surrounding voting machines worldwide
A3. Blow Them All To Pieces
Campbell was deeply affected by the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces and wrote this song in a single flow of thought.
His dry vocal delivery of this highly topical lyric is accompanied by lashings of majestic Sequential Prophet-5 analogue synthesiser.
The tension builds with Starlite's sensitive bass line holding hands with the emotional waves of synthesised chords.
The B-Part is optimistic, with the hope that in conflicts everywhere, humanity and common sense will prevail.
As the song finishes, the sound of a lone Fife tries to reason with the anger of the Xenon discharge tube - as a moth to the flame.
A4. This Time (Is Gonna Be The Last Time)
The song erupts with a forthright groove and strident upper register chords from Campbell's Fender Nocaster.
At once the vocals are deep and moody, declaring that you won't be hurt again.
The song is punctuated with an aggressive fuzz guitar and features the only guitar solo on the album from Campbell playing his Les Paul Special Double Cut with fuzz and octave pedal.
The finale builds steadily into a moshpit of repetitive emotion, building in tension until at it's peak, the release comes from the dramatic harmonic unison of guitar and bass. But it doesn't stop there - broken chords take you further along the road into the distance, over the guitar motif present throughout the song.
About: How difficult it is to find love in 2023
A heartbreaking love song performed by Starlite.
Naked, genuine and innocent.
Respectful and sensitive accompaniment is given by the Sequential Prophet - with the echoes of solemn, ancient, almost funeralesque chords.
About: True, honest, deep, love