STARLIGHT CLEANING CO.
Starlight Cleaning Co. is a Mojave Desert band fronted by Rachel Dean and Tim Paul Gray. Dean had previously played under her own name, having released an album titled Indian Summer. Produced by Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and the late, great Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams, Circles Around The Sun). She also fronted two bands prior–War Children and The Hot Fudge Sunday (Pappy and Harriet’s Sunday house band). Gray fronted Orange County-based bands The Delusions and Charles Mansion. As a duo, Dean and Gray have toured with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash And Pop, Guns ‘n’ Roses) and on their own throughout the country. Featuring Gray's timeless songwriting and Dean's versatile vocals, Starlight Cleaning Co. is a soulful and beautifully focused operation.
'Starlight Cleaning Co.' is an ageless album that swirls cosmic Americana of the High Desert with shimmering and forward-thinking indie songcraft. Starlight Cleaning Co.’s songs are laced with barbed melodic hooks that dig deeper into your heartstrings with repeated listens. From the light-hearted power-pop of “Don’t Take It Away,” a song written from the perspective of their beloved dog, Otis, whose obsession with toys borders on charmingly psychotic to introspective songs such as “The Race” (feat. lead and melodic rhythm guitar by Neal Casal) and “Sooner Than You Learn,” which take a look at love, partnerships, self-medication, self-destruction and the need to simply slow down, Starlight Cleaning Co. is a hopeful examination of the human experience during life-altering times.
“This record is a reflection of our life together as well as the individual paths that lead us here,” Dean says of the forthcoming album. “The struggles, uncertainty, the hopefulness and love. We hope that it resonates with others in their lives and brings us together as we all seem to deal with these common themes. We dedicate this album, in loving memory, to our dear friend Neal Casal.”
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