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. . . All Night

by Saturna

"Portland group Saturna remembers why British music was so good 15 years ago. They haven't forgotten about the etheral vocals of the Cocteau Twins or the fuzzed out guitars of My Bloody Valentine." - Dany Sloan (Planetary Group) exitfare.blogspot.com
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Springboard
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2. Pop Rocks
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3. Just For Thrills
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4. Blanket of Stars
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5. Chasing the Unpredictable
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6. Just For Thrills (radio Edit)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Saturna is the rock ‘n’ roll band you want to listen to before, during, and after the party. Their debut EP …All Night serves up a tantalizing cocktail of ethereal guitars and riveting drums, tender harmonies and heart-ripping hooks.

With a swirl of melody and a pulsing drift of guitar, the wordless beauty of “Springboard” launches your night. You sip a vodka tonic, and you’re off. You plunge straight into the city blasting “Pop Rocks.” The tick-tock drums and fuzzed-out Love & Rockets-style vocals spark something ferocious inside you. You finish another drink and drop your glass. You lose your friends, your money, and half your senses, but the sexy bassline keeps looping through your brain. It’s not enough. You want more. More. So the night gets nastier: “Just for Thrills” slashes you with dirty riffs. You sneer and smile, blurring through bars and parties. Streets and cars and clubs and shows. The song drags you snarling through an underworld of twisted love, but then the harmonic chorus shimmers above the rumble. For a moment you can think. Where are you? What did you just do with who? Forget it. Too late. You’ve passed the turning point and begun the long glide toward dawn with “Blanket of Stars.” Finally, in the melancholic “Chasing the Unpredictable,” you face the sun and try to figure out what it all meant. One thing is certain: you want Saturna’s …All Night again.

Charismatic Ryan Carroll graces lead vocals and rhythm guitar; while Eric Block, the most unassuming rock god in America, manhandles lead guitar; and Steve Anderson, detail-crazed genius inventor, takes on drums, bass, and backup vocals.

Mixing swagger and sweetness, Saturna soundtracks your whole night—from sundown to downtown to dawn.

—Kirk Perry

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(Marcel Feldmar) Big Takeover #60

Hear Ride, Chapterhouse, BRMC, JAMC, and on and beyond.
Me? I love Saturna. Wonderful northwest sparkle-pop shoegaze that calls out to all the right bands, past and present. Hear Ride, Chapterhouse, BRMC, JAMC, and on and beyond. Unfortunately only five songs, this EP-like release hits all the right notes, letting you float off in dream pop and then turning to shake you up and get you throw bottles against the wall in an angry fuzzed out distortion dirty mood. This band manages to achieve a balance, tightrope style, throwing Psycho Candies out to the listener but also seducing them with sweet Milk and Kisses. Gutterbliss that layers perfectly against the starlight of sound.
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Brian

Alternative Indie Rock Shoegaze Ambient style great sounding album
The track Springboard eases you into their instrumental style and has some very catchy instrumental pieces throughout which are reminiscent of an
ambient style. With varied tempo throughout the track you hear that this band will pull off a slow tempo'd ballad or a hard edgy rock tune. The second track, Pop Rocks,
their current single, starts out with some nice drums and the introduction of the vocals of Ryan Carroll. Suddenly, the EP gets a lot heavier with the track Just for Thrills.
Reminiscent of a Love and Rockets tune the lyrics splash in the background. The stylish guitars and amazing drums pound in the forefront. Blanket for Stars fades back
to their softer style. One of my favorites on the EP is the final track, Chasing the Unpredictable, which showcases the fantastic instrumental style especially at the
beginning of the track and then throughout between the very impressive vocals. Chasing the Unpredictable is by far the best track in showcasing the vocals of Ryan Carroll.
I believe their best chance of a hit is this last track which is flawless and very well written vocally and musically.

Overall this album is very well written and shows an amazing promise for this band in the future. I can't wait for their LP which is due out next year.
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Thomas Bell

. . . The balance of lush harmonies, ambient interludes, straight up rockers and
Saturna are a space-rock trio from Portland, Oregon. Unless you live in the Pacific Northwest or have made the pilgrimage to the Shoegazer’s Ball it is unlikely you have had a chance to see or hear them. All Night, their new EP, is an accomplished record that portents to wider exposure for this promising band. Fans of their first release, the Gamma Ray Afterglow single, will find this new release to have been well worth the wait.

The song-building is remarkably sure as they patiently wait to pull all the stops out till they’ve got you right where they want you. The first song, Springboard, features understated, dissonant coils of space guitar effects and reverb laden vocal harmonies that would make Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Frazier proud. If Ride and Slowdive got together to make a record it would sound like this. Hazy, gauzy, atmospheric, or as Spiritualized® once said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space.”

The balance of lush harmonies, ambient interludes, straight up rockers and subtle washes and waves of guitar noise is just right, reflecting an uncanny musical intelligence and discipline. Even the vocals, as good as they are, are not allowed to dominate at any point. Instead the vocals are an equal part, with the other instruments, of the ensemble, creating an organic fabric of sound that is somehow both constant and incredibly varied.

The arrangements are intelligently and intricately done, making each song unique from the others and demonstrating the impressive range of skills this band possesses. On All Night this band shows the ability to do so many things well, from creating evocative moods and atmospheres in their soundscapes to vocal harmonies that are achingly beautiful. Their songs utilize effects and techniques of great shoegazer bands before them, but each track is somehow both composed and spontaneous.

Saturna is, Steve Anderson, Ryan Carroll, and Eric Block. Call it shoegazer, call it dream pop, call it space-rock. These guys know exactly what they’re doing on this record. The result is five tracks that take you to bliss-rock places you’ll want to return to again and again.
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ikhtonie.net

"All night" to be listened all day
A la première écoute des cinq titres de leur EP - "All night" - j'ai cru à la deuxième étape d'un mouvement général destiné à me faire déterrer de ma discothèque mes exemplaires de Jesus Marychain, Ride, Cocteau Twins, Bloody Valentine et même peut être certain 7" de Primal Scream.
Mouvement dont le premier pas aurait été : souvenez vous des Sky drops! (nb : de l'autre côté du spectre, on notera les incursions smithoïdes de certains - Voxtrot, The Isles...)

Au fil des écoutes, le disque, par sa seule force musicale, éloigne de vous l'idée d'un exercice de style (enchaînement de titres à la manière de...) pour laisser place à l'évidente construction en cinq palliers spacio-temporels. Une onde sinusoïdale dont le terme renouvelé jour après jour
serait de poursuivre l'imprévisible avec l'espoir en nous élançant du tremplin d'éprouver le grand frisson et, qui sait, toucher peut être du bout des doigts les étoiles !

"All night", c'est à écouter "all day" !
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Big Takeover #60 (Marcel Feldmar)

Wonderful northwest sparkle-pop shoegaze that calls out to all the right bands,
Me? I love Saturna. Wonderful northwest sparkle-pop shoegaze that calls out to all the right bands, past and present. Hear Ride, Chapterhouse, BRMC, JAMC, and on and beyond. Unfortunately only five songs, this EP-like release hits all the right notes, letting you float off in dream pop and then turning to shake you up and get you throw bottles against the wall in an angry fuzzed out distortion dirty mood. This band manages to achieve a balance, tightrope style, throwing Psycho Candies out to the listener but also seducing them with sweet Milk and Kisses. Gutterbliss that layers perfectly against the starlight of sound.
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URB Magazine (Daiana Feuer)

The breadth and variety of Saturna’s musical inclinations is as various and harm
Waves of shoegazing guitar splash against a gangly cowbell shore spattered with Reznor-cut seashells and pop loving pelicans. The breadth and variety of Saturna’s musical inclinations is as various and harmonious as a beachscape in black clothes. An album sorted by temperament, each track on their debut All Night is distinguished stylistically by song title: “Pop Rocks” pops, “Just for Thrills” is guitar pottage, “Blanket of Stars” envelops in a breathy vocal fog of motion, and so on, in turn, recreating mood music.
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