LA-based indie pop singer, songwriter and Wurlitzer enthusiast, STACEY, is sharing her retro-celestial, debut album, Saturn Return, with the universe this Friday, May 21. Saturn Return a time of aligning with one’s true path is a musical cruise from 60s psychedelic day-trips to glossy 70s daydreams, and STACEY crystallizes the nostalgic longing of golden age pop records into lyrical refractions for the modern era. With previous singles “The Songwriter,” “One Woman,” “D.M.T” and “Far Away,” the energy of “That 70s show chic” (LADYGUNN) and “Psychedelic pop with a modern twist” (Wonderland Magazine) has been illuminated in full technicolour already and tmrw Magazine says, “If the goal was to enchant us all into anticipating the upcoming album, it has certainly worked.”
Today, STACEY shares the final single before the album comes out. “Strange (But I Like It)” is the crux of STACEY’s Saturn Return journey – leaving one’s home planet in pursuit of finding oneself and also finding a few fellow alien friends. The official music video is STACEY’s directorial debut, a 60s space-age Barbarella-inspired voyage. It is weird, tripped out, fashion, and a totally fun ride. Strange, yet so likable, the video features a Playboy-inspired 1970s Futuro house, a band of STACEYs, an alien entanglement, and so much more.
On the latest single, STACEY says, “I’m so proud of this video as my directorial debut. Being an indie artist in a pandemic, I took on many roles to keep the team small and safe; I figured I’d just be my own band, so I learned all the instruments. I also produced, styled, art directed, and set decorated.
Stylistically, I borrowed elements from classic films like Barbarella (1968) and The 10th Victim (1965). I also got really into space age-era fashion designers like Pierre Cardin and Rudi Gernriech, styling each of the band characters in authentic pieces of theirs. The singer’s dress however I had custom made. I dove deep into space-age design and architecture and was over the moon to connect with the owner of the yellow Idyllwild Futuro home. It was a dream to shoot there.
I wanted to tell the story of traveling to a new place on your own, how it can be a bumpy start but eventually, you find your fellow weirdo alien friends and begin to feel at home in yourself and amongst your like-minded community. It represents one of the most pivotal journeys of my Saturn Return.”
Her face has graced 12 billboards in Los Angeles and her music has been heard on Netflix’ Spinning Out, Lucifer (x3), Orphan Black (x2), MTV Scream, Degrassi, Wynonna Earp, iZombie, Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant (x4) and more. She’s performed virtually for Home School by It’s a School Night x BandsInTown, and prior to the pandemic, she was playing with greats like Cameron Avery of Tame Impala, Tamino and Charlotte Day Wilson.
With over a million streams on Spotify last year, several handfuls of playlist placements (like New Music Friday x3, Fresh Finds x3 and more), and a cover spot of Spotify’s “Outliers” playlist, not to mention lots of love from Apple Music as well, it’s clear that STACEY is one to watch in 2021. In fact, Ones to Watch raves, “STACEY’s voice dazzles,” and Clash muses over her “Wistful, summer-fresh songwriting.” Well, in that case, her debut album is arriving right on time for Summer 2021. Stay tuned for more STACEY.