More Tunes from Juston Stens

Three weeks ago we brought you a country-ish number from Juston Stens, the former member of Dr. Dog, but this new track is something quite different. There’s an almost jagged element, giving a little spring to your step, but through it all, you can still see the folk-ish routes of Stens and his past.  My ears hear a little bit of an homage to Okkervil River, but perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.  Regardless, if he’s writing songs like this, it doesn’t seem like he made a bad move in stepping out to go solo. His album Trash or Treasure can be found in stores now, and if you’re in Austin, you can catch him playing several sets as part of the SXSW festivities.


Download:Juston Stens – When Fire Burns Out [MP3]

Coutnry-Fied Jam from Juston Stens

Juston Stens used to spend his time playing drums for Dr. Dog, but he’s since parted ways with the band.  As all musicians tend to do, he’s found his voice, and is going to release his own solo album, titled Trash or Treasure on Mach 6th.  I like his approach here, at least on the single we just got, as it’s not necessarily that barroom off-kilter folk jangle of his ex-project–that’s grown a bit old, sadly.  This tune’s got a more true country vibe, though not free of that pop element by any means.  It’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds as Juston walks that new road.


Download: Juston Stens – Edge of the Moon [MP3]