Helmed by enigmatic frontman SA Rawls, the ever-evolving Still Flyin' have been redefining indiepop since 2004, drawing inspiration from classic pop songwriting and great times with great friends.
On a Bedroom Wall sees the band streamlining their setup to bring a tight new ethos to their production and songcraft, while never denying their proclivity for fun and off-the-cuff ingenuity. Following on from the krautrock and new wave-influenced releases of 2011's Neu Ideas compilation, Still Flyin' have once again upped their game, mixing hook-heavy melodies with signature call-and-response chants and a double dose of rototoms.
The album's lead single, Travelin’ Man layers 80s production with profound longing and melancholy. The song speaks of the fraught dichotomy between wanderlust and domesticity — a regular experience for most touring musicians, but a sentiment beautifully stated here.
Spirits is a fun romp that nods to the band's 2009 antic-filled debut, Never Gonna Touch the Ground, mixing the slightly creepy pleas of a lonely ghost trying to get a girl to die and join his haunting escapades with irrepressible guitar hooks.
Perhaps the album's nostalgic apex, Surrender to Me longs for the romantic urgency of youth, framed with synths and dance grooves. Take These Streets revels in the small joys of the everyday such as walking around familiar streets, taking wrong turns and trying to get lost, highlighted by handclaps and a drumbeat worthy of Dancing in the Dark-era Springsteen. The album was recorded by Haima Marriott of Architecture in Helsinki fame and mixed by Wyatt Cusick who's worked extensively with Love is All. In keeping with the classic production values that are the album's essence, On a Bedroom Wall was mastered at Masterdisk in NYC by Scott Hull (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Yuka Honda, Sting).