Let’s start with the end: listen to “Julius” and “Bury Us Alive”, the two bubbling tunes below, and tell us if they give you some kind of feeling of pain or sorrow. They don’t, do they? Well, although the electronically masked indie-pop of Starfucker (STRKFR) could seem vibrant, infectious and extravagant, with a certain friendly melancholy that sometimes turns into ecstatic emotion, their second album is mostly inspired by black ideas of death (especially the sensations experienced by Joshua Hughes, soul of the band, when his grandmother passed away), albeit seen from a positive point of view, from the belief that “death is responsible for giving meaning to life”. The Portland band have this time worked with producer Jacob Portrait (The Dandy Warhols) on twelve dancefloor-friendly pop songs, which will be released by Polyvinyl on 1st March. Apart from the usual formats (CD and vinyl, available in black and transparent), the record will also be released as a T-shirt. All formats will include a download code for the whole album. You can pre-order here.