℗ 2023 Sub Pop Records
Released January 27, 2023
Duration 38m 18s
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Genre Alternative (Rock)
 

Smalltown Stardust

King Tuff

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1.1
Love Letters To Plants
King Tuff
2:44
1.2
How I Love
King Tuff
4:48
1.3
A Meditation
King Tuff
0:51
1.4
Portrait Of God
King Tuff
3:39
1.5
Smalltown Stardust
King Tuff
3:08
1.6
Pebbles In A Stream
King Tuff
3:54
1.7
Tell Me
King Tuff
3:21
1.8
Rock River
King Tuff
3:26
1.9
The Bandits Of Blue Sky
King Tuff
3:45
1.10
Always Find Me
King Tuff
3:58
1.11
The Wheel
King Tuff
4:44
King Tuff (AKA Kyle Thomas) releases Smalltown Stardust, a spiritual, tender and ultimately joyous record that might come as a shock to those with only a passing knowledge of the artist’s back catalog. On the album, Thomas takes us on his journey to a place where past and present collide, where he can be a dreamer in love with all that he sees. Images of his youth abound: from Route 91 which runs through his hometown (in “Smalltown Stardust”); to Redtooth, a spectre who used to roam the streets (“Bandits Of Blue Sky”); to old friends, old haunts and old dreams (“Always Find Me”); to Vermont’s Rock River, which gave its name to a song of a torch still burning for past love: “Those days are gone and we can’t rewind/ Cuz people grow and places change/ But my love for you will never fade away.” But at the core of Smalltown Stardust is Thomas’s desire to commune with nature on a spiritual level. Images of the natural world, from blizzards to green mountains to cloudy days, fill the songs and create a setting unmistakably far away from Los Angeles. “I consider nature to be my religion,” he explains, and Smalltown Stardust is nothing if not a spiritual exploration. In the end, Smalltown Stardust is not merely a nostalgia trip. In making the record, Thomas not only conjured a special time in his life, he found new inspiration, surrounded by a small circle of collaborators and a sense of love and wonder for nature. If the first King Tuff record was content to merely state Thomas was no longer dead, Smalltown Stardust is a paean to what that life means. A statement of belief and a hymnal to the magic still to behold all around us. “I’m a different person now than I was 20 years ago when I first started it. But oddly, when I first started the band, it was more like this,” he says. Which is to say, things have come full circle. Or as Thomas intones on “The Wheel”:
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Sub Pop Records Studio Masters
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Love Letters To Plants
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2
How I Love
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A Meditation
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Portrait Of God
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Smalltown Stardust
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Pebbles In A Stream
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Tell Me
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Rock River
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The Bandits Of Blue Sky
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Always Find Me
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The Wheel
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