Saajtak: Hectic EP (self-released, 2018)

July 1, 2018 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Saajtak: Hectic EP

Detroit’s Saajtak follow up their excellent debut EP with two jazzy avant-pop songs. “Hectic” starts out with a steadily paced rhythm, but gradually becomes emotionally overwhelming, with layers of soaring vocals, rapidly fluttering waves of synth which sound like fast-forwarding tapes, and clattering metallic percussion. Yet while a lot is going on, and the lyrics describe emotional turbulence, there’s still an even, composed flow to it. “If You Ask” is along similar lines, with yearning rounds of vocals and a rhythm which steadily builds into a sort of choppy prog-rock pattern, with a heavy bass guitar growl offset by lighter, more crystalline keyboards. Both songs are mini-epics, and they’re both accessible entry points into the fascinating, ever-evolving world of Saajtak.

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