- Saturday [Import]
- (Black, Gold, Limited Edition)
- Artist: Samoyed
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 12/11/2015
LP sleeve features a 2-color black and metallic gold woodblock print cut by the man himself - limited to 300 copies. FADER mix for early December. 'Minnow' features on the soundtrack for Baltimore dirt-bike gang documentary 12 O'Clock Boys. Saturday opens with the ebullient birdsong that, every morning for a few months of the year, joyfully wakes Samoyed from sleep in his hut in the rural North of Scotland. For the rest of the year, the wild land returns to it's state of brooding, overcast quietude, and spends his mornings sitting staring into the middle distance over a bowl of porridge. Recorded slowly and intermittently over the course of four years, Saturday is a document of sixteen of these passing seasons, a constant state of change and contrast - in the landscape and the man - reflected in it's eleven tracks. Samoyed's preoccupation with the natural world, balance and zen is counterpointed by the faded gloss of the cheap and failing 1980's equipment used to make the album. Saturday has a surface of synthetic lustre, gated snares and digital reverb, but underneath the gloss lies great warmth, threaded with 4-track tape hiss, splashes of plaintive strings and a heartbreaker of an upright piano. The result brings to mind Talk Talk, Severed Heads, Yasuaki Shimizu, Disintegration-era Cure and those bittersweet John Hughes film soundtracks.