Portland songwriter Daniel Byers is a musical force to be reckoned with. The composer and crooner behind the late, great Eidolons, has regrouped and reinvented his sound under the new moniker Little Star. With the new rhythm section of Julian Morris and John Value, Byers’ new group hit the ground running since their inception with two full releases already in 2015.

On January 8th, Little Star are back with a third album, Being Close, out on the up and coming DIY label Good Cheer Records. To celebrate the album’s announcement, Noise & Color is psyched to premiere the lead single “Cheese Man,” a thoughtful, vocal driven indie rock tune akin to something between Pavement and Yo La Tengo, with overdriven guitar, hard hitting drums and delicate, warm vocal melodies. Byers intimate lyrics and gentle voice deserve to be heard by the masses, and on Being Close, Little Star just might be the catalyst to make that a reality.

Enjoy this teaser of what’s to come in the new year from this new Portland power trio, and in the meantime check out the band’s first two releases, Love and Kisses and The Romantic World of Little Starif you haven’t already.