“The Ken Burns Effect,” is an iconoclastic but more immediate, organic and lush album than its predecessor: 2003\'s \"Sun lights down on the fence\". When Fleas-fan, the composer Nico Muhly (arranger to Björk, Grizzly Bear, and Antony & The Johnsons) helped pass along early recordings drafts from “The Ken Burns Effect” to producer/collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson, the band were invited to in Reykjavik, Iceland, to complete and mix in the fall of 2006 at Greenhouse with Sigurðsson and Ben Frost (also responsible for the likes of Bjork, Múm, Sigur Ros, Coco Rosie, Bonnie “Prince” Billy). They went. What was created closely mirrors Stars Like Fleas live sound - and, in that way, “ The Ken Burns Effect” captures the real essence of a band that is most powerful when they take over a room, a porch, a tent, a clearing...etc. Talitres has released it in parts of Europe - and now Hometapes carries the torch for the rest of the world.
Stars Like Fleas recently made the pilgrimage to SXSW for two performances and various other extracurricular activities among its members. They will be announcing more dates in the coming weeks.
It\'s probably also worth mentioning that The Ken Burns Effect features (ex) members/contributors of Beirut, Tall Firs, TV On The Radio, Celebration, Fiery Furnaces, Mercury Rev, The Silent League and additional contributions by Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Sean Lennon, Fantomas), Thomas Bartlett (Yoko Ono, The National, Doveman, David Byrne, Antony & The Johnsons).