Starpainter “Summer In Your Mouth” – how long ’til you come around again?

Photo: Heather Saitz

Here’s the second single from Alberta band Starpainter’s new album ‘Rattlesnake Dream’ which will be released on June 2nd.  It’s a quietly impressive song of steadfast longing, that had a literary inspiration.  Starpainter’s Joel Stretch explained that: “The title of this song references an Al Purdy poem called ‘Transient’ about travelling across Canada by train as an adolescent. The opening lines are about crossing the prairies “so close to the violent sway of the fields it’s like running and running naked with the summer in your mouth.” I borrowed that line as a starting point for this song. ‘Summer in Your Mouth’ ended up taking on themes I didn’t originally set out to write about–it turned into a song about seasonal depression and trying to make it through the long dark cold prairie winter. This song is an ode to summer that I wrote in the dead of winter.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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