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Saso Exitudes
Released 14 October 2011
Producer Ben Rawlins
Label Melted Snow
Length 43:04
Genre Alternative
Website www.saso.ie

You may have recently read about Frankie and Louie, a cat who has entered the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest living cat with two faces. Exitudes, the excellent new release by Dublin’s Saso is comparable. The first half of the album has a dark atmosphere, the second half is lighter, bringing the acoustic guitar more to the fore.

The Sting-like vocals on the fantastic opener 'Billion Hands' draw you in from the get-go. 'Carousel' is a short song with high pitched vocals similar to the Muse’s 'Sing for Absolution'. My personal favourite song from the album is 'From Limbo'. The piano intro reminds me of Radiohead’s 'Everything In Its Right Place' and would definitely fit well onto either of Radiohead’s Kid A or Amnesiac albums. 'Secret Ministry' is a slow builder of a tune with its strummed bass drawing you in before the drums kick-in. The darker first half of the album ends with the impressive instrumental 'Silent Earth'.

The second half of the album starts off with the acoustic guitars of 'Idle Spirit' and the radio friendly 'Man Overboard' and 'Facts'. 'Sooner Or Later' is another piano-lead highlight. The vocals are put to bed early to allow the listener to slowly dissolve in the echoed voice effects.

What I enjoyed the most is the little behind the scenes effects hiding in the background like the water drops and chimes in 'Cardboard Cutout' to the flicks of cello on 'Silent Night' that really complete this album. As Ronnie Wood once said “it’s a bit like a silk screen, you put down one colour, then put down another and continue like that until you’ve got a picture”. Let’s hope that Saso don’t take another five years before we hear more.

- Leon Byrne