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The McDonald Family has been making music as Starlite Radio since 2002. Their playful mix of folk, rock and pop has earned them fans and acclaim across the Midwest. The group has done a lot of growing up since their 2008 debut, both as a band and as people. Their new album, Live Life Slow, plays like a musical atlas, each song mapping out the changes in the terrain.
The addition of guitarist Bryan Bauer and keyboardist Libby Ungs round out their current lineup, adding richness and complexity to the band’s polished sound. Live life Slow is filled with welcome surprises: sunny, expertly layered harmonies, a couple of minor key barn burners, and a number of guitar and wurlitzer solos that would sound at home in a classic LA singer/songwriter’s back catalog. The whole thing is bound together by the sensibilities that songwriter Nathan McDonald has been honing for decades.
To record the album, the band took refuge in the guest house at their family farm in Northern Illinois. It wasn’t always easy going; with full-time jobs and family life to balance, the band had to retreat to this remote cabin to hammer out the album one weekend at a time. After nearly 12 months of recording, the album was mixed in Nashville by musician/producer Don Chaffer of Waterdeep, and released in August 2012. What Starlite Radio created is a document of what passion and perseverance can mean for a band. It’s their new album, and a new approach. Live life slow.
Download a sampler of Live Life Slow, plus two b-sides, here at NoiseTrade. Purchase the full-length album at a live show (listed below) or any of their online stores (listed in the sidebar above).