Exclusive Album Stream of Made Of Stars by Strata Florida (Louise Trehy of 1990s 4AD duo Swallow)

Louise Trehy of Strata Florida

Louise Trehy of Strata Florida

Louise Trehy is back at long last with a spectacular new album that channels the dreamy bliss and noisy distortion of the best of the 1990s U.K. dream-pop and shoegazer bands.  Fans of Kate Bush, Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins, B’linda Butcher/My Bloody Valentine, Miki Berenyi/Emma Anderson/Lush, and Toni Halliday/Curve will not only be enthralled by Louise’s breathily hypnotic, hazily ethereal, layered vocals which haven’t aged a day since her time in 1990s duo Swallow, but also by the reverb guitar-driven, spiraling aero-sweep of spotlight songs “Au Naturel”, “Lost In The Shadows”, and “Monster”.  Louise updates the dream-pop template by lacing her direct, catchy song structures with rock and bass guitars, electronic zips and blips, and other sonic textures.  The result is a standout album for the avid fan and casual listener alike.

 The Made Of Stars worldwide release date is March 25th on Saint Marie Records

Made Of Stars - Strata Florida

Made Of Stars – Strata Florida

 Louise Trehy was once half of UK dreampop/shoegaze band Swallow who released their debut album Blow in 1992 on the eminent 4AD label. Louise walked away from music and left London for a self sufficient life in rural Wales after the band broke up in 1994. Years later, she borrowed a 4 track recorder to learn a harmony part after joining a local alternative choir. She immediately fell in love with the process of recording music again, and recorded a handful of songs, learning to play electric guitar along the way. She was eager to recruit other musicians to speed up the process, as after an eighteen year gap, ideas were bursting out of her.

 Having seen Peter Pavli play viola at a pop up gig in a friend’s living room, she asked if he would be interested in playing on some of her songs. Unknown to her at the time, Pavli was primarily a bass player and had played in experimental rock bands and recorded with Robert Calvert, Annette Peacock, and many others. Although Louise’s recordings were very basic, it was clear to Pavli that “Something very interesting was going on with her songwriting, her use of vocal effects was intriguing and on top of that her guitar sound was heavier than Hawkwind’s which appealed to me enormously”.

The pair began recording together in 2012, experimenting with DIY recording techniques along the way. Trehy reveals that “Pavli ensured the songs were recorded on a solid musical foundation and embraced things like my odd major minor guitar tunings. Also, I hadn’t considered using bass guitar which was never a feature of Swallow’s music, but I couldn’t resist his bass lines which were very melodic and reminded me of Kate Bush’s music. These songs are darker and grittier than my work with Swallow, but I think somehow dreamier.” They named themselves Strata Florida (meaning valley of the river of flowers) after a local 12th century Cistercian abbey.