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Saturn Never Sleeps - Yesterday’s Machine (Album Review)

"As cliché as it may sound, first impressions truly matter. This fact is even more so amplified for those who attempt to navigate their entry into the world of art. And while DJ/producer King Britt and vocalist Rucyl have established themselves on the music scene individually, their collaborative effort is relatively new to most.  In coming together, they have formed another identity, Saturn Never Sleeps. What is heard on their debut release, Yesterday’s Machine, can be abstractly identified as a cosmic journey through sound.

If you have been following the trajectory of musical tropes, you know that currently many of today’s artists are experimenting with an electric sound built around a mixture of synthesizers and bass-heavy rhythms.  In many ways, however, this is a throwback to the experimentations of jazz artists in the late 1970s/early 1980s, ranging from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock. Despite this dated source material and recent refurbishing, Saturn Never Sleeps manages to maintain a genuine sense of originality. The music is identifiably electronic, but with an injection of soul. It’s a new take on a relatively old concept.

The album takes flight with “Lotus,” a spaced-out blend conjuring whimsical feelings of want, thanks to its abstract lyricism and pulsating rhythms. As the project moves forward, the group introduces “Hearts On Fire” a beautifully haunting tribute to the search for love. Describing your sound with references to Sade may leave a potential fan leery, but, in this case, the comparison is quite valid. With a succinct delivery (clocking in at only 2:43), the song carries the same sort of shadowy elegance conveyed in “No Ordinary Love.” It is certainly a selection for the midnight hours…”

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For The Revivalist