Thanks to Rolling Stone for including “The Race” from Starlight Cleaning Co. on their Country Music
California desert duo Starlight Cleaning Co. preview their upcoming debut album (May 21st) with this blissed-out slice of jangle-rock featuring guitar leads by the late Neal Casal. Made up of Rachel Dean and Tim Paul Gray, the band capture both the freedom and angst that can come with new surroundings. “The weight of stares will pull you down/they’ll make you leave this lonely town,” Dean sings, tapping into a Johnette Napolitano croon as Casal’s leads cascade around her. It’s Eighties pop crossed with Americana — and it works.