Saturnia – The Glitter Odd [2001]

Saturnia somewhat re-invented themselves for their second release, The Glitter Odd. M. Strange left the band, replaced by Francisco Rebelo, though the driving force behind things remained Luis Simões. Tossing out, for the most part, the hyper-driven electronica rhythms of the first album, the band took a bit more of a traditionalist psychedelic approach this time. There were still upbeat pieces, like the amazing opening track, Chrysalis, but this time the rhythm was more of in more of a grooving style than a dancing style. Other tracks, such as Bliss and Borealis incorporated echo dub-style rhythms into the deeply spacey compositions. They also began exploring otherworldly ambient textures, most notably on the alien jungle atmospherics of A Trick of the Light and the second half of Azimuth/Menadel. Organo even incorporated some lounge organ into the mix, turning the piece into space age bachelor pad music that threw out the martinis in favor of something a little more hallucinogenic. All in all, The Glitter Odd is a much more exploratory album than the debut, with a deeper sound and a definitely mellower approach, as the surrealist space tones of the closing title track definitely summarize. –aural innovations.

Track List:
01 – Chrysolis (4:48)
02 – Bliss (4:06)
03 – Still life (5:15)
04 – A trick of the light (4:18)
05 – Ozimuth / menadel (10:41)
06 – Organo (6:34)
07 – Borealis (6:50)
08 – The glitter add (4:54)

LineUp:
– Luis Simoes (electric, acoustic guitar, sitar, lap steel, vocals, theremin, gong, rhythms)
– Francisco Rebelo (organ, synthesizer, gong, rhythms)

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