Runnner Announces Upcoming Ambient Album Starsdust
Due Out 02/02 via Run For Cover Records
Noah Weinman, aka Runnner, is back with more new music to kick off 2024. The Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist has quickly been making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and endearing modern indie folk artists, with a steady stream of music that culminated in his debut full-length, 2023’s Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out. Now he’s already returned with an unexpected follow-up: Starsdust, a twelve-song album of ambient music that expands the possibilities of what Runnner can be.
To mark the announcement Weinman has shared two new songs “ten” and “eleven” the former a glitchy-yet-subdued moodpiece, and the latter an uplifting breakbeat-powered soundscape. The singles manage to feel both intimate and cinematic all at once, offering the perfect introduction to the mesmerizing world that awaits listeners on Starsdust.
“ten” just sweeps the listener away, this warm journey consumes you. A very powerful ambient creation with soul and this connection emitting from the tonality throughout.
“eleven” has this intoxicating aura, elements dazzle as the expressive landscape grows and moves with such ease. A track filled with deep layers, laced with this ambitious percussive hit that swirls through the landscape fusing with every complex yet delectable attribute that emerges.
Starsdust is rooted in Weinman’s creative restlessness. The song sketches began as a way to stay occupied while traveling during his extensive touring schedule, but after suffering a severe injury to his achilles tendon, Weinman found himself homebound and dove into this new project. Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out provided the raw materials for the making of the new record, with its beautifully homespun indie folk and more structured songwriting drastically altered into the dreamlike atmospheres of Starsdust. “I made one rule for myself while making this record and it was that I wasn’t allowed to record any new audio,” Weinman explains. “Every sound on this album is a repurposed stem from Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out. I was allowed to pitch, flip, stretch, and chop anything I wanted, but everything had to begin from something already recorded for the last album.” The result is an immersive set of songs that feel inviting and familiar yet unlike anything Runnner has released before.
Starsdust is due out 02/02 via Run For Cover Records.
“I made one rule for myself while making this record and it was that I wasn’t allowed to record any new audio. Every sound on this album is a repurposed stem from Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out. I was allowed to pitch, flip, stretch, and chop anything I wanted, but everything had to begin from something already recorded for the last album.
It started out as something fun to do in transit (and to alleviate my flight anxiety). I was doing a lot of solo touring at the time and my affinity for cheap Southwest Airlines flights meant a lot of layovers. I think I made the first three or four sketches either in the air or at the airport.
I made the rest of the album during the spring of 2023 when I was mostly stuck in bed recovering from tearing my achilles tendon and the subsequent surgery. A project that seemed to perfectly fit my constraints.
The initial process of making these songs was an attempt to remove myself from the process a bit. I’d (sort of) randomly choose stems from songs, like the bass from one track, the drums from another, and maybe find a banjo or piano loop from a third, and then throw them together. It usually made something chaotic at first, but the joy of the album was sifting through that initial cacophony and finding the kernel of the song to keep pursuing. Many attempts were abandoned, but the twelve featured here I consider to be my most fruitful endeavors.
It was very exciting, scary, and rewarding to step outside of my wheelhouse on this record and I hope you ennnjoy it.
I’d like to thank Matt Emonson for helping me put the final touches on this record. Max Mueller for his insights along the way. Ethan, Tom, Andrew, and Jeff for their support and encouragement throughout the murky process. And all of the players on Like Dying Stars, We’re Reaching Out (Sam, Evan, Jordan, Ben M, Ben W, Madi) for providing me with such engaging performances.”
– Noah Weinman (Runnner)