Missoula, Montana, USA

Lush, dreamy alt-folk from Montana.


Out of a sonic bloom of pedal steel, banjo, cello, glockenspiel, musical saw, upright bass, and vibraphone Stellarondo spills out songs about stalkers, roadside anomalies, love, and haunted hotels. Instrumentally and lyrically the group explores both the sweet and the sinister, sometimes finding that only a thin blurry line separates the two.

The band emerged in Missoula, Montana during winter 2010 when Caroline Keys-- a regular in the NW old time stringband community-- responded to a challenge by writing and recording an album of original music during the month of February. Keys' project quickly evolved to include a full band of stalwarts from diverse corners of Missoula's music scene.

Stellarondo's lush, dreamy alt-folk debut was recorded by Adam Selzer at Type Foundry and Scenic Burrows in Portland, OR in September 2010.

Since the band's debut CD release tour in February Stellarondo has served as Artists-in-Residence at a rural school in central Montana, scored a locally-written short play, recorded an improvisational noise jam to tape, worked with Missoula Writing Collaborative to set poems of 4th & 5th graders to music, played local shows with Asobi Seksu, Nick Jaina, Sallie Ford + The Sound Outside, Pablo Trucker, and Pufferfish, among others.

Stellarondo is currently collaborating with writer Rick Bass "scoring" pieces of his short fiction. See Rick Bass and Stellarondo EPK for audio of this project.


Stellarondo - Feb 2011

The album has seen college and public radio airplay, and parts have been used as bumper music for "The Write Question" on Montana Public Radio.

Set List

Icarus ->
Strawberry Cake ->
Hotel Roberts
In & Out
The Roofer
Solstice Song
How'd You Get So Good at Leavin'
What I Know
March Brute
Three Cowgirls
E: Jaybird