‘Saintmotelevision’ transmits indie pop radio static

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 6:15 PM
‘Saintmotelevision’ transmits indie pop radio static by Roman Sabella

Some albums stand to redefine genres and bring them into new light, but on the other hand, others seemingly just “contain music.”

For bands like Saint Motel, they just haven’t pulled it off on their sophomore outing, “saintmotelevision.”

It isn’t, by any means, an awful album, or even a bad one per say, it just doesn’t do anything new. It merely stands as a practice in the tried and true formulaic build of the indie pop genre.

Throughout the relatively short, 30-minute playtime, listeners are given 10 upbeat California-sunshine drenched tracks that don’t really hold up much in the lyrics department.

Simply refer to the line in the lead single, “Move,” for an example of this: “Head, shoulders, knees, toes/Look alive it’s time to go.” It really doesn’t take much to realize it’s not Faulkner writing here.

The band accents their songs with smooth, falsetto vocals, brass sections, and dreamy, arpeggiated synthesizers. And along with the happy, pop-hook- laden lyricism, it becomes a complete album. It has everything the recipe calls for, except for that special ingredient, love.

Unlike grandma’s baking, with all the extra care, this album gives one Wal-Mart cookies.

Much like the album title describes, the album is like a jaunt through a television serial soundtrack, but more in the sense of burning through three seasons of a show in a weekend.

At one point or another, one begins to stop seeing the experience as anything more than a monotonous jumble of familiarity. It comes off
as static and, like a broken television, that is something that can ruin the whole experience.

A listener can be lost in this album, but not for good reason.

Saint Motel, responsible for one of 2016’s summer hits in “My Type” really failed this time around, but there is hope for a better album. It just appears this isn’t that album.

Saint Motel is currently on tour in the U.S. promoting “saintmotelevision.”

The album can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play and is available on Spotify in its entirety.

Standout tracks: “Sweet Talk” & “Local Long Distance Relationship (LA2NY)” 

Roman Sabella is a staff writer for The Spectator. 

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