Son Of Stan Offers Up A Killer New Single.
Fort Worth-native Jordan Richardson may have relocated to Los Angeles a couple of years ago, but when he's not busy touring the country backing college radio staple Ben Harper on drums, he occasionally finds time to play with a few local projects such as Epic Ruins. He's also begun work on his first full-length solo album, which he hopes to release sometime this fall.
Recording under the name Son of Stan, a name he formerly DJed under, Richardson has already crafted a handful of dark, pseudo-new wave tracks he says will appear on his upcoming debut, in which he plays all of the instruments himself.
Considering he's made his name mostly as a drummer, the tracks feature much more sparse percussion than one might initially suspect. In fact, there's not a single cymbal used on any of the tracks we previewed.
This choice gives the tone of the record a sense of intimacy, while still leaving listeners with an unsettling feeling.
It's an aesthetic Richardson calls “divorce pop.” Though the songs are pretty laid back, they still manage to drive the listener forward — almost against their will, and with a prevailing sense of urgency.
The first single, “Corsica,” which Richardson has been kind enough to pass along to Central Track readers as a free download, embodies all these feelings. Per Richardson, the song is meant to evoke the sense of being a kid that gets dragged to the shitty mall in town with their mother on a hot Saturday afternoon in 1989. The eighth note synth bass line rarely ever lets up on the entire track, playing against larger swells and sweeps, and a slick lead guitar lick, constantly driving forward, continuously adds to the overall feelings of uneasiness.