Focus On The Centre Of Your Skull by Saturn and the Sun is a visceral yet mind altering mix of psychedelic electronics, ‘80s industrial music, minimal techno and dub. Claims that this will leave your brain in tatters are probably not far from the truth. Recorded directly to tape then pressed to vinyl.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 24 August 2016
The second album from psych power-synth group Saturn and the Sun once again promises to invade your cranium, and that’s just the title of the LP. This is my head, my rules. How do I know that you’re not agents from the government sending out these sounds to brainwash and nullify the population? Huh??
Truth is, this is music for people to space out to and talk about how the government are sending us Coldplay albums in order to pacify us. I haven’t heard their debut but I’d imagine that it’s in a similar vein: lengthy, wild, distorted cycles of rasping synth and throbbing boom percussion. The brutal rumbling in the second track is quite overpowering and incredibly tense, while in the gaps someone unleashes screaming feedback tones. It’s all very freeform, the two members (which is Henrik Rylander and iDEAL label founder Joachim Nordwall) playing off the gaps in each other’s noise statements whenever they feel like hurting your ears. It’s sort of similar to that Bear Bones, Lay Low thing that came out recently, just a bit more monstrous.
I’m actually pretty impressed by this. It’s got a gnarled Shit & Shine sort of feel, displaying the many faces and temperaments of distortion over these four tracks. Four tracks, but that’s many many minutes of glorious spaced out tension interrupted only by the flip of the wax. What’s more, they care lots about the quality of their sound, this being supposedly recorded straight to tape then pressed to vinyl. Once the government have added their subliminal messages, of course.
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