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Saxon Shore

It Doesn’t Matter

(10tx CD, 54'34'' - Broken Factory rec 'o9

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Curiosando sulla rete ho scoperto che i Saxon Shore, nonostante la loro evidente attitudine strumentale, hanno un nutrito seguito di ascoltatori che non sono proprio dei “die hard” fans del post-rock. Ed infatti, in It Doesn't Matter, ci sembra di avere a che fare con qualcosa che trascenda la semplice forma, spostando le regole del gioco più in là, oscillando tra brume ed illuminazioni repentine ma tenendo i piedi ben saldi su una zolla che tanto profuma di pop.
A Sustained Combution, come di suol dire... manca soltanto la “parola” per essere un'ottima pop song energica, sognante ed in odore di elevazione imminente.
This Place, invece, letteralmente sferza i gracili infissi del cuore, ammantando il tutto con la voce della nippo-americana Caroline Lufkin che è puro distillato di malinconico afflato.
Con Small Steps le cose sembrano quasi tornare ad assecondare i canoni di genere, con un piano a suggerire suggestioni care agli ultimi Explosion in the Sky ed una sezione di archi ad arricchire le luminose traiettorie tracciate dalle chitarre.
La produzione di Dave Friedmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) tira a lucido ogni singola nota del disco, facendolo come al solito in maniera disinvolta e non artificiosa, tanto che i brani sembrano quasi brillare di luce propria.


Noising around the web i found out that Saxon Shore, notwistanding their clear attutitude for instrumental music, They have a lot of listeners that are not exactly that post-rock die-hard fans. And actually, in It Doesn't Matter, it looks like this thing goes beyond its simple form, - changing the game rules, oscillating among the mist and sudden illuminations, but, at the same time, keeping both feet on a pop music ground.
A Sustained Combution, - how can i explain, - it's nearly there for being an excellent power pop song, - words are just what's missing here, - such it's dreamy and in a spirit of elevation.
Differently, This Place, literally scrapes the heart's frail glass, wrapping everything into american japanese artist Caroline Lufkin's vocals, - a pure distillate of melancholic breaths.
With Small Steps, things almost seem to better follow the rules of genre, - with a strategy that call suggestions dear to latest Explosion in the Sky, - here also featuring a string quartet, enriching the luminous coordinates traced by their guitars.
Dave Friedmann's production (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) makes shiny every single note of this album, in a natural style, never artful, - so that each song looks like shining in its own light.

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