You would think that these would be Robin's favourite band but alas there is no saxophone in sight. In stead we get the sort of slowcore that the likes of Timber Timbre do so well all inspired by a terrible boating accident. These are the first recordings from this husband and wife team who do a nice job of bringing more sad to the world.
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Here’s a horribly sad record that commits the musical misdemeanor of implying the use of an instrument that rarely actually gets used. Much like how the Drums aren’t just a bunch of people hitting stuff with sticks, there’s not that much in the way of horns here, the Saxophones’ married duo instead crafting three lilting and ever-so soft slowcore songs about accidents and suicide with a well balanced set of instrumentation. The record is presented in a gorgeously stark, passionately minimalist style: Buckley-esque guitar lines waltz with bass lines out of the Grease diner. All of it takes place in the supremely wee hours.
Over three songs, the Saxophones absorb their listener into a wonderful atmosphere -- “New Tradition” sees the saxophone actually hit in for real on a soft, sorrowful ballad. It’s mostly used as a quiet lament with some overblown notes conjoining the jazz flutes and wondering drumbeats. At the song’s constancy is a repeating guitar line that recalls early Low -- blank and heartbroken, it sounds like a drain for circling. Sad as shit.
My favourite thing about the record is, of course, the bass lines: like the ones that appear in Angel Olsen songs, they sound specifically after hours, as if they couldn’t exist in the hours of daylight. You can just close the curtains, I guess, if you want to cheat. Only three songs but probably one of the loveliest EPs you’ll ever own on 7”.
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