Bursting forth as a fully-formed artist in 1999, Quentin Stoltzfus has been rotating the crops ever since. Having made a string of records with his former group which incorporated the influences of both Johns Cale *and* Cage, the gazes of both shoe and star, Mazarin released smoothly jangled albums you want to listen to in a dune buggy on Mars. Tracks like ‘New American Apathy’, ‘ChasingThe Girl’ and ‘Another One Goes By’ have over time become bedroom classics.The latter of which, ‘Another One Goes By’, countless bands it seems have attempted to tackle.. case A / case B.
The fact that Quentin has not released a record since 2005 borders on absurd, but know this: that whole time, Quentin Stoltzfus was writing and recording the collection of tunes presented henceforth under the name Light Heat. Written and recorded in the hours and days between producing albums for friends and pulling hours as a professional mover, Light Heat’s self-titled album came together in a stone barn with a world-class recording studio he helped to build, a yurt in the deep woods of Virginia, and his home studio in the Philly neighborhood of Fishtown .
Made of thoughts written, re-written, recorded and re-recorded over seven years,the sessions making up this album ultimately came together with the help of anassembled group of old friends including Paul Maroon, Matt Barrick, Peter Bauerand Walter Martin from the popular recording and live group, The Walkmen, while producing, engineering and mixing duties were helmed by Quentin himself.
The result is an album chock full of metaphysical news. The group manages toweave classic references with the sound of the future. Embodied within you’ll find sweet soft harmonies alongside guitar pyrotechnics and a rhythm section adrift in time signatures recalling Can, Faust, Cluster, you get the picture? Light Heat is without doubt the creative extension of writer Quentin Stoltzfus’ previous efforts yet thanks to the passing of time, the loss of the name Mazarin to… well, another Mazarin. Light Heat is less a new direction for Quentin and much more a new beginning.
Light Heat’s debut self-titled album is out on Ribbon Music, June 25th.