Kelley Stoltz Returns in October


Another mostly
self-recorded effort from the San
Francisco raconteur.


By Blurt Staff


San Francisco
singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz hasn’t exactly been invisible of late; he’s done
a fair amount of production and recently turned up on the “Company Men” project
mounted by Stephanie Finch and Chuck Prophet. Still, it has been over two years
since his last album, 2008’s Circular
, so we’re happy to report the incoming status of his new Sub Pop
release, To Dreamers, due Oct. 12.


While Stoltz’s nigh-religious
reverence for all things Beatles, Beach Boys and Kinks has been at the fore in
the past, To Dreamers blends a bit more post-punk abandon into its
layered everyman pop. Tasteful horn adornments blow against tom-tom beats and
12-string guitars meet reverbed mellotrons, under Stoltz’s warm vocals.

As on prior albums, he plays most of the instruments heard on To Dreamers himself, though two of the songs here were recorded by Kelley and his band live
in the studio. One of these is a cover version of the ‘60s nugget “Baby I Got
News for You,” by “Big Boy” Pete Miller, who performs on the recording, dusting
off the very valve amps and guitar used on the 1965 original, to add vocals and

Stoltz, now a veritable godfather to the burgeoning San Francisco
under/over-ground (folks like Thee Oh Sees, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Fresh
& Onlys), has blazed a path since the late ‘90s as a home-recording guru
and multi-instrumentalist.No slouch on the live front, he was asked to open the
Raconteurs first US tour in 2006, toured the USA and Europe with the Dirtbombs
in 2008, and through a twist of volcano ash-cloud karma, was the support act to
childhood heroes Echo and the Bunnymen, in 2010. His songs have been used for
international ad campaigns for Volvo and Marriott Hotels, as well as in
television and movies.




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