Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The last time we focused our sights on PDX (Portland) this past July, there were plenty of bands to take in. One of our favorites from that virtual visit was local dream rock quartet Saturna [original review + download]. The song featured then was part of the band's debut six song EP ...All Night, which is currently available on CD Baby. Since last year, a full length follow up has been in the works and is now set for release. It includes some of the songs from the above mentioned EP and was a big treat over the weekend. It's not often an artist will give complete untethered online access to their unreleased material, but Saturna was kind enough to do so for us. Besides the original track posted, there is another new song on our MML MySpace page to check out. The tracks featured here are also highlights and either could be a serious contender when we sort through our rock-based favorites for end of year honorable mention. The first song, Periwinkle, almost has a Ticket to Ride feel along with what I can only explain as a beefed up guitar version of a song off the record Big Shot Chronicles from delicate 80s garage classic Game Theory. Chasing the Unpredictable starts in true Ride fashion and brings out a nice and heavy sparkling guitar delivery at around the 1:00 mark. Be sure to stick around for it. This is a solid release with not one weak track in the mix and gets high recommendations from both Michelle and myself here at MML.
Saturna is a Portland, Oregon based four piece rock outfit consisting of musicians Ryan Carroll (vocals, guitar, bass), Steve Anderson (vocals, guitar, bass), Eric Block (guitar) and Matt Badger (percussion). The upcoming full length album titled Some Delicious Enemy will be self released next month on May 29th. For more information and streaming music visit the Saturna MySpace page. There are also downloadable tracks as well as details of where to buy this music on the well-designed Saturna website. Lookout folks... The band just finished up their first SXSW performance last month and you will probably be hearing much more about them very soon if my buzz-o-meter is gauged correctly. Great new stuff from PDX.
Chasing The Unpredictable
Extra Special Bonus MP3: Fall
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