GREG SAUNIER - WE SANG, THEREFORE WE ARE

GREG SAUNIER - WE SANG, THEREFORE WE ARE

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Released: 28/06/2024

Recommended If You Like: Deerhoof, Rolling Stones, Syd Barrett, Captain Beefhart, Nirvana, The Andrews Sisters, Caetano Veloso, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Kinks, El Guincho, 100 Gecs, Noam Chomsky. It's already hard to describe what Deerhoof sounds like. So we'll skip that part and say this sounds a lot like Deerhoof with a different singer. And in keeping with 30-year Hoofian tradition, melodies soar, big hit earwigs abound, harmonies are complex, and keys change frequently and unexpectedly. Arrangements are in a constant state of impatient agitation. Emotions run high but delivery is usually a falsetto deadpan. We Sang, Therefore We Were is grief delivered in code. Greg plays everything save for a few birds who join in singing now and again. He keeps the instrumentarium severely limited, the sound shambling and anti-slick. It turns out Greg is a really good bass player and guitar player, if a bit more rudimentary and slicing compared to his Deerhoof bandmates. He does play more angry guitar solos. But don't expect another Chippendale/Saunier speed-drum freakout; the songwriting is gorgeous and sophisticated, and drums are almost an afterthought. Here, song is Queen. The singing is high and whispery, tending towards the three-part harmony.