Initially, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based foursome of music-makers, Stereo Library, was a one-man-band and the creation of singer-songwriter, guitarist, Samuel Ibes. But a move out to Sumas, WA, and back again, inspired him to expand his sound by including other players; namely, Joe Ramm (drums), Max Zdon (bass), and Aaron Pederson (guitar).
With the same DIY spirit used while recording his 2016 debut album, Mountain Morning (recording the entire project on his own), Ibes and company stowed away in living rooms and rehearsal spaces in order to record Stereo Library’s first album as a cohesive unit, titled, Happiest Days Of My Life, a title chosen by Samuel for the most transparent of reasons, as he puts it…
“…in many ways it sums up how I was feeling.”
HERE’S WHAT WE DUG MOST…
The four-track EP opens with the rustic and slightly lo-fi, Right By My Side, a light and airy ode to infatuation, which sparkles with a hint of 50’s-style doo-wop.
OUR FAVORITE TRACK…
Musically and lyrically, Stay Here Tonight has a Johnny Cash vibe with it’s articulately minimalist rhythm section, harmonica, and shameless plea for love. Tough to sit still while listening, it’s our favorite track…
“Well I see you got your coat and your hat
Now the snow is quickly falling
And your lonesome road is calling
I can see your head’s not where you’re at
You say your eyes see only distance
And your feet offer no resistance …”
Adore Mountain Woman’s slightly jazzy break from 1:00 to 1:22, which shows a lot of live-show potential.
The project’s final and title track, Happiest Days Of My Life, is a sparkly Francis Dunnery meets Jack Johnson-esque celebration of happy memories, whether accurate or not…
“The blush of heat on her heartsick cheek
And morning in her eyes
A perfect day in a perfect week
I thought we would never die…”
Hopelessly and harmlessly romantic. Musically rhythm-centric. An uncomplicated open book. Stereo Library’s second album (their first as a band), Happiest Days Of My Life, is a transparently minimalist dedication to the hope for love, the chance for love, and the actuality of love. Samuel Ibes (and company) does not mince words about what’s front and center in his brain as he wistfully reminisces upon the path down which his romantic dealings and endeavors have brought him, thus far. We say, carry on, brother.
Francis Dunnery meets Cash with a twist of Dylan…
BELOW: Listen to Stereo Library’s album, Happiest Days Of My Life, and connect with their social media platforms. Please support Stereo Library by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!