The little label that could, Flannelgraph, had a quiet but impressionable 2011, largely buoyed by the debut LP from Mike Adams at His Honest Weight. For those who stumbled upon Bloomington-based outfit, the charge toward prominence (and a few consumer dollars) found itself once again hinged upon Mike Adams and cult favorite Starflyer 59.
Mike Adams and his crew take on "Help Me When You're Gone" with the same '90s aplomb that dots the Oscillate Wisely LP. It's a slowly unwinding jam, more in tune with feeling than any sort of rediscovery of the sounds of Starflyer 59. Adams lends the track a strange balance between hope and despair, not unlike the infinite vocal demur of Hope Sandoval.
But, before dropping into a pit of everlasting sorrow, perhaps you should delve into the sunshine of Candy Claw's A-side take of "Do You Ever Feel That Way." Much like Adams encapsulates the edged folk of '90s non-alternative, Candy Claws dissects '80s FM pop. Rather than relying on chillwave touchstones, Candy Claws belly-flops into the land of hair pop and bubblegum melody, the results quick and catchy.
Anyone unfamiliar with Starflyer 59 isn't likely to give the work of Jason Martin with Starflyer 59 a second thought, but one would be hard pressed to further ignore Candy Claws or Mike Adams at His Honest Weight.