Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I’m ridiculously fucking excited to finally get a listen to the debut album from Saudade, the Portland duo who are better than anyone else in the world at dragging insane levels of beauty and heartache from layers of terrifying ambient noise. It’s a monstrous world Saudade conjure up in their mostly instrumental tracks; it feels like music from beyond the frontiers: sonically, psychologically, whatever. You could draw lines between this and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but there’s an unpredictability that separates Saudade from GY!BE’s controlled, classically informed bleakness: this feels like freefalling, exhilarating and ghastly. I could be uninformed, but really, it feels like there’s not anyone else in the world that walks this line between sound art and visceral, immediate music.
Lookouts’ Journal is out November 10 on Arena Rock Recording Co. It’s one of the best albums of 2009.