Label: Melted Snow - MSR107 • Format: CD Album • Country: Ireland • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Experimental, Indie Rock, Ambient
Ecstatic press in some corners aside, it would be a mistake to call Saso 's The Middle Ages their third full-length a truly great album. It doesn't restart a genre or establish new rules, its impact won't be as profound as other works and ultimately, there's a Love Honey, Love Heartache (Larry Levans Original Unreleased Garage Demo Mix) - Man Friday - Love H too much of the suffocating contextual influence of Coldplay kicking around piano plus high, John Dankworth - Fathom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album) vocals Blood Is Thin - Saso - The Middle Ages call up some unfortunate associations these days.
But these points aside, what the Dublin-based duo have done here is create a surprisingly good release indeed, one that may yet be their transitional effort to something truly epochal. Emphasizing a very restrained melancholia -- it's interesting to hear, as the album progresses, how the band never gives in to the impulse to burst forward, instead maintaining a careful tension up through the conclusion Lords Of Lankhmar - audiomachine - Phenomena the ninth song, "Chasing Monsters.
There's no giddy bursting rush, no trudging attempts at whining romance -- rather, this is rock music as minimal mood piece, as derived from acts like the Autumns and Spain as much as, say, Talk Talk 's calmest side, with keyboards rather than guitars the chief instrument on many tracks.
Jim Lawler, the singer and core of the band, continues to play the role of cryptic, Blood Is Thin - Saso - The Middle Ages frontman very well, softly keening rather than declaiming; producer Ben Rawlins frames the mix in soft, distanced echo and unexpected twists and turns, like the snippet of shouting on "Bone. Credit as well for the cover art which, among other things, suggests Saso is in fact a scruffy emo quartet with a fondness for Michel Gondry films.
Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date October 13, Recording Date July, - June, Introspection Late Night Reflection Winter.
Track Listing. False Alarms. Tres Kilos. We're Sorry. Waking Life. Red Scare. Chasing Monsters. Blood Is Thin.
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