When Saints Go Machine Slow Your Roll

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I’ve spent the last week and a half floating down the solemnly dour narrows of Danish quartet When Saints Go Machine… thinking they’ve arrived just in time to laud the moodier side of Fall… and that was it, you know?

It isn’t a common practice of mine to skip through an album. I feel as though the difference between good and great exist within those 2-3 seconds between every track. It’s something as simple as song-order. How well a song transitions to the next can greatly alter what you thought of it initially… and for me, personally, I like to get a sense that there was a little if any thought put into it. Is the artist creating a story or simply demonstrating that he/she can be creative? How much/little did they experiment with their sound? How much of that experimentation did he/she reveal? You might think I’d praise an artist who gives me a little bit of everything, but I think it is an even greater risk to present something that is entirely you.

I’ve spent the last week and a half floating down the solemnly dour narrows of Danish quartet When Saints Go Machine… thinking they’ve arrived just in time to laud the moodier side of Fall… and that was it, you know? Dark, brooding, mumpish… there would be no other way to describe Konkylie than something that is strangely dejected and I’d be damned near deaf if I didn’t feel like it was deliberate. Their haunting timbres stare at a singing silhouette of Anthony Hegarty all the while spitting blackish hues onto soon-to-be bare naked trees. Never mind the boundaries of Nikolaj Vonsild’s falsetto because at the end of the day, I just don’t think they care, really–and that’s the beauty of it. From start to finish, spirited synths wrestle with airy lyricism, provoking nothing less than a few great moments of rhapsodic interpretation. It is truly an album to get lost in and it is only this kind of album that gives you a better understanding of respect.

Parix by When Saints Go Machine

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