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Saint Black – “Alex” – [Self Produced]

Thurston Hunger   4/4/2018   A Library, CD

If you blur your eyes, the guitar for the choruses
is a little like Van Halen’s “Aint Talkin Bout Love”
Except for three things
1) it’s really not
2) Saint Black *is* talking about love
3) “they” probably hate VH.
They might well be one person, nice lo-profile packaging
and minimal web presence. The label is even called
Semi-Permanent, which hits you right in the low-self
esteem organ. The singer gets nervous around “Alex” but
at least he got this awkwardly catchy single out of it.
Stale beer vocals backwash nicely against the pop. The
song submits itself into a sample bomb ending. On #2
“O Word” the beer seeps into the heads of the recording
device. Sloppy beauty. This time the post-song/post-mod
sample gets its own track, #3 “Saint Black” is some holy
heretic scammer but clearly paired with #2. “Down to the
Sky” the guitar now unplugged, the drinker still singing
in his mug ultimately passes out in a pastoral redux.

The likelihood this project is composed of college DJ’s
goes way up if the band name is lifted from the mighty
Black Saint label. A long shot perhaps…but yanevehno.

-Thurston Hangover

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