Album review: Saturday Looks Good To Me - One Kiss Ends It All
Published by Jeff Becker, May 19, 2013
Release date: May 21, 2013
Forget the multiple lineup changes (One Kiss Ends it All features lead vocals by no less than five separate present and former band members). The seemingly revolving door that makes up the core of Saturday Looks Good To Me is keeping up just fine with their eclectic twee-pop styles on disc. Every track sounds like something you’d hear while walking into a 1960′s candy store – straight from the jukebox on Happy Days or lifted from outtakes to nearly every twee album on your indie shelf. Despite their allegiance towards 50′s and 60′s pop One Kiss Ends it All is still varied enough to easily bust through those paper-thin barriers we try and wrap around it. Pop delights such as ‘Invisible Friend’ (ala, Camera Obscura) and ‘Polar Bear’ (which sounds like a Zooey Deschanel original from She & Him) are wonderful, where as ‘Sunglasses’ is direct from the Belle and Sebastian archives somewhere, I swear. With no two tracks sounding the same the entire album still fits like a glove with a quirky but alarmingly catchy odd assortment of timeless pop gems.
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In their decade-plus existence, Saturday Looks Good To Me has never taken a typical path: endless line-up changes, shifts in sound from lo-fi 60′s pop to experimental noise rock, a twisting discography heavy on one-off singles and bizarre package tours with afrobeat and freakfolk bands.
In 2012, bandleader and songwriter Fred Thomas returned with a fresh new line-up, including new vocalists Carol Catherine and Amber Fellows, but also with old friends from previous SLGTM incarnations like bassist Scott DeRoche and drummer Ryan Howard showing up for the fun. The band’s fifth proper album, One Kiss Ends It All, came together following the group’s first tour after getting back in action, however the four years since their last full-length weren’t spent cultivating this new batch of songs. Instead, a spontaneous and breezy vibe flows through the album’s 12 selections, drawing on the reference points of 60′s pop and early indie rock, all filtered through the band’s skewed pop lens.
Thomas’ songs are always bittersweet, but short, uptempo rockers like “Invisible Friend” and “Break In” recall the open-hearted running melodicism of New Zealand kiwi-pop while more groove-oriented numbers like “Polar Bear” or “Sunglasses” meld electronic elements with the same sharp-edged attitude of the first Strokes album. Even former SLGTM lead vocalist Betty Barnes (who now lives in Sweden) sings lead on two tracks: the doo-wop piano lament of “Negative Space” and the spare indie rock road trip “The Ever-present New Times Condition”.
Saturday Looks Good To Me’s albums from the early 2000′s (All Your Summer Songs, Every Night) predicted the reverb-saturated production and girl-group revisitations that indie rock would embrace several years down the road. One Kiss Ends It Allexpands on those early lo-fi marvels and feels more like a revelation than a continuance. With more sophisticated arrangements and melodies more direct and engaging than anything the band has ever done, the album feels like re-telling the details of a dream minutes after waking. Something new colliding with something that shouldn’t make sense in a beautifully strange collage. And always more details hidden in the corners.
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