Starover Blue is an American experimental dream pop band from Portland, OR, with roots in San Jose, CA. Their sound has been described as "a darker, moodier take on traditional synth-pop," layering "familiar, warm Juno synthesizer tones" with "somber, contralto vocals."
The band formed in 2007 under the name Cartoon Bar Fight, when founding members Kendall Sallay (lead vocals, guitar) and Dirk Milotz (synthesizer, guitar) met in the music department at San Jose State University. Sallay studied operatic vocal performance while Milotz pursued a degree in composition. They began by playing an offshoot of "indie-folk."
By 2009, the band's sound evolved, becoming more experimental and layered and relying heavily on analog synthesizer. The departure from folk instrumentation and acoustic arrangements occurred as the group solidified a core lineup consisting of Sallay, Milotz, Joel Zelaya (ambient/lead guitar), Max Rogers (bass), and Jerald Bittle (drums).
In mid-2014, the band changed its name to Starover Blue, in reference to a character from Vladmir Nabokov's Pale Fire. The existing lineup recorded and produced the band's second LP, Spacegeist, prior to disbanding when Sallay and Milotz relocated from San Jose to Portland, OR.
In early 2016, Sallay and Milotz moved to Portland, OR and rebuilt the band's lineup. On August 12, 2016, Spacegeist premiered online on PopMatters and was officially released on August 26, two years after the start of the recording process.