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Androlafi - Kurt Von Stetten
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RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Static Motor Recordings
RELEASE DATE: 02.19.2013
FORMATS: Physical, Digital

Band Members

Kurt Von Stetten: Guitar, Vocals, Cello, Keys, Drums/Percussion and Bass

BIOGRAPHY

The term "bedroom project" carries numerous pejorative connotations, namely lo-fi, half-baked experimentation. But in the world of Kurt von Stetten, the bedroom is merely ground zero for songs that transcend time and genre. Harnessing von Stetton's love of early 90s indie rock (think Pavement, Sebadoh and early Modest Mouse) interweaved with his own insecurities, fears and passions, von Stetton's seventh solo outing Androlafi is his most accomplished and self-assured, a record that proudly stands alongside DIY revisionists Kurt Vile and Ty Segall, and also the seminal 90s output of his heroes.

Kurt von Stetten began experimenting with music and recordings in Boston during the summer of 1996. During this time, he began to experience terrible bouts of "self proclaimed" bromhidrosis (look it up), forcing him to record alone in his bedroom. For a period of 10 years, von Stetten holed up in his bedroom studio and learned how to play guitar and drums by recording himself over and over again. Since 2006 he has released a full-length album every year for the last 7 years on which he plays every instrument (Guitar, Vocals, Cello, Keys, Drums/Percussion and Bass).

The themes of Androlafi (aka Witches) are conjured from von Stetten's obsession with gothic folklore and the eternally frightening cautionary tales told to children. "I think that most of these songs reference fear and how people deal with fear," explains von Stetten. "Many of the songs are based on the stories my mother and father told me about their childhood and the stories that were told to them. These stories were fun and fantastic, but meant to mask great anxieties. Fear is a powerful motivator and the impetus for a lot of beauty."

PRESS QUOTES

“New England has a prolific genius on its hands and his name is Kurt von Stetten.” - Ryan's Smashing Life

“Marvelously slanted and enchanted pop.” - Boston Globe

“A fearless solo act.” - Earmilk

Reviews

April 4th, 2013 by Sunnymenagerie for Golden MixTape

Today was pretty relaxing with only six things to write, then at around noon I grew bored and turned into Jess from New Girl, “No bottoms! No bottoms!” Okay, my pants stayed on, but I was that bored and wasn’t planning on adding another writing assignment to my day. Instead I sang along (horribly) to Paramore, took a shower and then looked at tomorrow’s agenda. There say Kurt Von Stetten name, so I decided to get a head start and head into his new album, Androlafi

From the imagery, to the whimsy in the music, it’s always like a journey into Narnia when you listen to a Kurt Von Stetten album and Androlafi is no different. Much like 2012’s Cyclops, this album is pretty much an indie delight due to tracks like "Anger” and “Anthropos Elafi.” That’s not to say the whole album sounds like a Silverlake farmer’s market soundtrack. There were other tracks that took a little from the 80’s, “First Daughter” and “Pounding Strange,” and a little from R.E.M. When “Stockholm Boy” started I thought…wait, this sounds like something I love, only a smidge different. The vocal style was like if you took R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and slowed it down. That song wasn’t alone, as “Things A Camera Would Say” had a similar R.E.M. like sound as well.

It almost got put off tomorrow, but why wait, grab a Snickers, oh wait, no. Make sure to grab Kurt Von Stetten's Androlafi if you’re into music that’s a blend of 80’s, indie and Michael Stipe, or you’re into artists like Gatsby and Brown Show. Androlafi is out now, so don’t wait and check it out now.

February 19th, 2013 by Chad Pelley for Something Daily

Kurt Von Stetten has a reputation as New England’s eclectic, prolific musical genius. And it’s well earned. This album’s terrific, all over the place, and quite unlike anything else I’ve heard so far this year. And most importantly, reminiscent of the 90′s Sebadoh/Pavement sound. However, “Pounding Strange” sounds like a stray Interpol song. The songs feel more nostalgic than derivative, since he’s got his own spin and stylistically, he’s about as unpredictable as a whirlwind.



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