"Songs From My Bedroom"
Genres: math rock, indie rock
Jun 23 - 29 2003
Saturnines' debut CDR is separated into three sections, or
"songs" - Plums, Oranges, and Apples. The band itself
is only two guys, guitar "mastermind" (I really like those
quotation marks today, don't I?) Zachary Donohue and singer /
pianist / bassist / drummer Adam Popick.
The music on Songs From My Bedroom is largely instrumental
(closer "Apples" is the only song with vocals), with a kind
of math rock slant that recalls work by Ativin and even a
saxless Sweep The Leg Johnny. The guitar is spasmodic,
switching from quiet mode to loud mode and back mercilessly. But when
the duo finds a groove, everything slides into place perfectly (the
initially jerky "Oranges" is an example.) For this
reason I wouldn't be surprised if this disc was largely
improvised. The best song of the three is "Apples."
With a catchy melody started by a piano-and-vocal-harmony combination,
it's easily the most accessible track on here, and it stands out as a
very successful single. It makes me wonder what the duo could
produce using a more vocal-based template.
The Saturnines have got they're eyes on some sort of prize
with Songs From My Bedroom. If they can fill an album
with "Apples"-caliber songs, they won't be confined to their
bedrooms for long.
3 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]