Star Noir / Society
Star Noir has released Society as a statement about the world we currently live in...the way things seem to be going the wrong direction, and how we deal with it together. It seems to me that he's making a very public cry for help using music as a unifying tool...a call to bring better ideas to the table and work things out in a unified way. It may seem like a lofty pipe dream, but you know what? That's just lazy thinking. Honestly, if everyone else was brave enough to put themselves out there and say, "I want things to change and here is what I can do to help" we would be living in a much better world. As it is, we live in a world of social activism...opinions being bandied about with no real effort or cause behind them. Star Noir is being a voice. A voice for something different...something better.
Society isn't your typical synthwave album. I'm going to warn you now that this a cerebral, progressive, and very deep album. In other words, it's not a cookie cutter synthwave album that's produced to be a flash in the pan, the equivalent of a fast food meal. Instead, what Star Noir has created is a fine dining experience...an album that requires you to think, interact, and be a part of the music. I mention this as a warning because unfortunately there's just not enough of this kind of music out there. More often than not it's misunderstood or underappreciated. One of my main goals here at the site is to make sure music like this gets the audience it deserves.
I personally think that Society is one of the most satisfying listens of the year. It's a bold move away from the pack, but you know what? If you want to capture everyone's attention you sometimes have to break away and do your own thing. Star Noir isn't beating you over the head here, and at no point does the album feel heavy handed. On the contrary, it's a subtle piece of art that you appreciate more each time you experience it. Each time you hit play you're going to discover a new facet, a unique chord structure that strikes you, or a well timed sample that hits home. I can't tell you any better than what I've said above...Society is EXACTLY the album we need right now, but I'm not sure if we deserve it. I think we all need to take notice of what Star Noir has done here and see what we can personally do to make life better for those around us, because it will take everyone acting to make a change.