Rob Sweitzer, former songwriter and keyboardist for indie-pop band Mae, has signed to Spartan Records under the name My God, It’s Full of Stars. The project’s debut EP will be coming out this fall and is titled M29.
“I’m enthused to be working with Spartan Records,” says Sweitzer in a statement. “I’ve seen this label grow steadily with the addition of a solid caliber of artists they believe in and it shows in Spartan’s work ethic as it relates to the presentation of each artist’s blood, sweat and tears to the world. I can now say I’m happy that my project My God, It’s Full Of Stars is a part of the family. Thank you, John and Spartan for believing in me.”
M29 contains six songs and is inspired by bands such as Doves, Broken Social Scene and Delta Spirit. The EP was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and co-produced by Dave Elkins and mixed by Bryan Laurenson (Copeland).
According to a press release, the EP captures Sweitzer’s “reflections on life and death, the meaning of existence, the strength of love, the peculiar relationship between light and dark, the universal calling of something tremendously larger than myself to know and be known, to love and be loved, the ongoing internal war between myself and God (or the interpretation of God by others and institutions as established truth), among other things.”
“It’s taken some time, some heartfelt reflection and some proactive measures to deal with a very dark time in my life,” says Sweitzer. “I haven’t reached nirvana and I don’t think I ever will, but I have learned that challenges in life are not obstacles, or at least they don’t have to be, but rather are opportunities to grow and become a stronger living being for myself and for others around me.”