A Modern Summertime Compilation Of Original Tunes Celebrating The Spirit Of Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys!
From Tulsa Outline magazine (September 2001): "While most tribute CDs are pretty weak these days, usually filled with bad versions of classic songs, STARFLOWER is an outstanding exception to the rule. The CD is a tribute album made up of original songs, rather than Beach Boys covers.
This disc is the brainchild of producer Toby Thomas, who runs the exceptionally cool on-line music store Silver Moon Music. Thomas has masterminded a disc that captures the spirit of the Beach Boys' PET SOUNDS/GOOD VIBRATIONS/SMILE period while updating the sound at the same time. Thomas rightfully points out that Todd Rundgren took up the torch of the Beach Boys' psychedelic summer in the 1970s and XTC in the 1980s. Brian Wilson's masterful pop style is seamlessly filtered to the two latter-day influences on this disc, which features former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory with R. Stevie Moore on 'Dates' and Utopia keyboard man Moogy Klingman on the acid drench soulful benediction 'Earth, My Body.'
Other highlights include Big Fresh's 'Hip Hop & Pop," which starts as a light (wimpy) Beach Boys track that seems to be invaded halfway through with a Klaatu interstellar handshake from the outer limits. Billy Marsh's 'Riptide Lullaby' is a dream-surfing tune that connotes both the beauty of the ocean and the lost innocence of the Beach Boys in the turbulent late 1960s. Some of the tracks seem even further off the map, like synchro1's 'California,' which sounds like Brian Wilson performed by Kraftwerk. Like the shards and remnants of the Beach Boy's unreleased SMILE album, STARFLOWER takes you into a magical day-glo world where the innocent barbershop harmonies of the Wilsons are morphed into an introspective sound informed by the tragedies of the late 1960s and the drug culture.
The endless summer of the Beach Boys never ended; the sky simply turned purple, and the emotions became deeper, heavier, and more mature. Thomas has recreated that sound for a new generation. It is one of the most fascinating and addictive CDs of the year." -- Wilhelm Murg
"The whole record is incredibly up-to-date and just sounds amazing... we get an ultra-modern product full of nicely written songs and small experiments, beautifully arranged and quite appropriately entitled STARFLOWER... (the) album simply kicks ass and it's the most serious candidate for my favorite album this season!..." --- The Little Lighthouse, KLSU Radion, Baton Rouge
"A progressive collection of summertime sun and surf pop tunes that skim along psychedelic seas and soar into the big blue sky..." --- Daily Oklahoman, August 2000
Also available from Medicine Park Recordings:
GROK THIS! Defacing The Music Of Todd Rundgren (MP 101)
MEET ME ON THE OTHER SIDE: Your Millennium Soundtrack Souvenir (MP 102)